From the beginning of our infertility journey I always knew I would do WHATEVER it took to have a child, R has always been a little more reserved about it. In July of 2013, when we were given our diagnosis of male infertility, he first suggested that it “wasn’t meant to be” and didn’t want to spend any time or money pursuing other avenues. After giving him some time he came around to the idea of IUI’s. But once we started IUI’s he said he was completely against adding injectables or moving onto the BIG TICKET ITEM IVF. Well, he’s starting to come around to these things too.
This weekend we had a really good talk. We’ve been working with our RE now for 6 months, and we’ve had 3 failed IUI’s. Technically speaking we could keep doing what we’re doing, and it may work out for us eventually, but I just think it’s time to move onto a more aggressive approach and R actually agreed with me. He said by October (we’ll have been TTC 2 years, 1 of which will have been while doing treatments with our RE), we should consider moving onto IVF. This is BIG news coming from him. BIG! I brought up the subject of injectables again, because technically that is the “next step” and would only be an extra few hundred dollars…..not the $10,000+ that IVF will be. He said, “remind me why I didn’t want to move onto injectables with IUI again”? I reminded him that it was b/c the chance for twins moves from 10% to 15%, which isn’t that big of a jump to me……but when you add injectables to the IUI you bump up your chances of it working from 10% to 20%. He’s still not THRILLED about the chance of multiples (I think twins would be okay, he’s terrified of triplets or more, which I can’t say I’m thrilled with that idea either)…..but he says we should move on.
So it looks like IUI#4 will be with injectables! I’ll phone my RE’s office tomorrow to get the prescription filled. My RE’s office orders injectable/IVF meds from Europe (ivfmeds.com), they’re much cheaper than they are in the US. What my RE wants me to take would cost around $1200 here in the states, and it’ll be around $250 ordering it overseas, but it just takes a bit longer to arrive. Luckily this cycle we have the time. I’m scheduled for an ultrasound April 8th, and if I’m cyst free then we’ll be moving onto IUI #4!!