This is a discussion on IUI Plan & Info within the Trying To Conceive forum, part of the You and Your Family category; Originally Posted by milo8899 Sperm analysis usually need $50-80 I guess Sperm normal morphology < 10% Doc will ask you ...
I am new to MummySG! Hubby n I have been trying to concieve for 3 years without success. And I am already in my late thirties.
My gynae is Dr Sadhana from KK. She's very straight to the point and direct and suit my personality. I had been through all the fertility tests and we are normal in everything, so most probably will be going through SO-IUI because of my age.
From the forums, it seem like IUI (including SO-IUI) procedures are highly unsuccessful. Are there anyone who succeed in getting preggie on IUI procedures? Please join in to encourage us.
Is IUI/SO-IUI similar to HSG when introducing the washed sperms? I would like to know to get mentally prepared as I have low pain threshold.
@Viv & Mei2009- Thank you both!
@Sphyaw- My gynae is Dr.Sadhano too. I have finished my first round of SO-IUI . My blood test is tomorrow. (16dpo) Fingers crossed!
I will post an update whatever the outcome is.
Jiayou (add oil)! Hopeful17! Any good news?
i'm excited for you!
Yup i made it! PREGNANT! I have no other details. Appointment with Dr. Sadhana tomorrow.
Thank you Mei2009.
I have a long road ahead. So i am going to take one step at a time and celebrate it along the way. I am glad i made it on the first go as my time is running out fast. I am 43.
congratilations! hopeful17! Yours is an encouragment to us who have not reached there. happy for you. My appointment with Dr.Sadhana is 18th Aug, still waiting for that day. hope to be like you, first time strike!!
Thank you Viv & Sphyaw.
The following is what i did after my Dr's appointment, during my SO-IUI and during the 2 weeks wait.
I was told i had low ovarian reserves and only a 5% success rate and a 40% miscarriage rate because of my age.
I decided to give it a go and was determined to do whatever possible to increase my chance of pregnancy. I had about 3 weeks before the so-iui. I googled and read up on a lot of success stories from couples who had infertility issues.
3 weeks prior treatment,
I went to see a traditional chinese medicine doctor in Shanghai. Prof Zhao was highly recommended by a Shanghainese friend of mine.
After telling him about my condition- very small ovaries. i had a routine check and he told me i had Kidney yin deficiency, poor blood circulation and weak pulse. The following 3 weeks i had acupuncture sessions with needles and heat (to keep the uterus warm?) (2x/week) and a session of electrocution.
I also went for foot reflexology to improve my blood circulation. (3x/week)
Exercise- i reduced my frequency of exercise from 6x/wk to 4x/wk.
Food- I read somewhere that red meat was good. As i only eat lamb, i had more lamb that week than i would in any one month. As the Chinese eat lots of lamb during winter to nourish themselves, i thought there must be some truth in it.
Ate lots of fish, chicken, shrimps and drank lots of warm water to improve my Yin energy.
Stopped drinking coffee and replaced it with green tea. (green tea improves fertility). No alcohol during the cycle.
Started drinking Chicken Essence. Chicken Essence was heaty and I kept getting stys in both eyes but i would do anything if it keeps my uterus warm and more importantly if it WORKS!
Exercise- i stopped going to the gym. Went for slow jogs instead.
During the 2ww
My diet was the same as during IUI.
Exercise- I stopped exercising completely. It was difficult not doing any form of exercise but i was ready to give up anything to make it work.
The rich diet and no exercise may not be healthy but i knew it was going to be only temporary. Someone reading this may think it is all rubbish but hey it worked for me.
And now I am back to my healthy ways- exercising moderately and eating wisely.
Baby dust to all trying!
Those with queries on costs and cpf funding can go to moh website Ministry of Health: Home under marriage and parenthood and co-fund under restructured hospital for your answers. Hope this helps. I've extracted only the intro here:
Medisave for Assisted Conception Procedures
To help couples better afford the cost of treatment for Assisted Conception Procedures (ACP), you may withdraw $6,000, $5,000 and $4,000 from Medisave for the first, second and third treatment cycles respectively.
The use of Medisave for ACP is subject to a maximum of 3 treatment cycles. This is because ACP success rates fall sharply after the third cycle. Therefore, if Medisave were allowed for more treatment cycles, the individual may not have sufficient savings for future hospitalisation expenses, especially during old age.
For more information, please refer to the:
FAQs on Assisted Conception Procedures
Hi all, it's so encouraging to read all these encouraging words from this thread. I'm also trying to concieve and have been informed to try IUI as my hubby's sperm count is low at 1%. Will be having gynae appt tomorrow to finalise our decision. So nervous now!
Hi rachelt: How was the doc's appointment?
Was talking to a chinese physician and she mentioned that with sperms that are not so healthy (low sperm count), its rather difficult for IUI to be successful. Does anyone know how true this is? Am starting on my 3rd cycle sometime beginning of next month and when i hear news like that, it gets very discouraging.
Hi @viv - I didnt go for the appt.. Am not so prepared.. Abit scared.. lol.. Oh.. did the physician says how we can actually help improve our hubby's sperm quality?.. I've read and did some research online.. seems like IUI chances very low.. I scared ..
Can any1 share if they're still able to go work after the procedure? I mean, work is so hectic, how long did you ladies rest before going back to work? My boss' very demanding and I'm afraid taking a couple of days leave to rest and be back at such a stressful environment will do more harm than good.. Sigh.. Confused..
For my 1st iui, i went back to work the next day. Was advised by the doc to go home n rest after the 'procedure' on the day and daily activities can resume the next day. However, for my 2nd try, i actually took 3 days off and rested and home...was lying down mostly.
Ya, I'm afraid I'll be too "weak" to do anything.. And being in a new coy doesnt help.. Dont know what's the coy's take on pregnant employees cos honestly, I dont see any preggies here.. Sigh.. Hubby & me talked about it last night.. Think we might just go natural for now till after my confirmation or better if I'm able to find another job which is less stressful..
Oh, thought I'd share with you ladies too.. My hubby's 1st SA result was worse.. Motility at 1%.. Then he was prescribed with Vit E.. Apparently Vit E helps with blood circulation.. And we wanting to have a baby soon, decided on taking more supplements for him.. As got 3 other supplements from VRP and after 2 mths, his SA had improved.. Btr quality and all.. So I guess we can only continue the supplements and pray that things will improve.. We've also decided to get the clearblue fertility monitor to track my ovulation and try and pray for miracle..
Hi rachelt: Best of luck! Will definetely share what traditional chinese medicine has to say. Am just hoping that the 3rd try will be IT! I just got confirmed too and the constant taking of mc and leave is not looking good but i guess at the end of the day, i think this is more important so i'll do what i can to help increase chances.
Active (fast swimmers)
Sluggish (slow swimmers)
Non-Progressive and (swim in opp direction)
Non-motile (not moving)
so the total percentage of the above will adds up to 100%
Besides Mortility, you also need to look at Morphology which is the shape of the sperms whether they are normal looking or abnormal. With a high motility rate but a 0% morphology also cannot as all the sperms are abnormal and is not able to fertilise the egg at all...what we need to look at is the active(fast swimmers) and sluggish(slow swimmers) percentage. If both of these adds up to 50% and the morphology for normal looking sperms is more than 4%, then the man is capable to fertilise the egg via natural conception...this is what I have learnt from my traditional chinese medicine so far so share the knowledge with you gals...
Last edited by katsg; 19-08-2011 at 10:08 AM.
2WW ended yesterday, and I was tested negative on a HPT. But I dont't get any symptoms of menses yet, I thought I'll strike this time.
Any good news from all of you?
Tried 2 rounds at our own, but not success