Friday (2/22) morning was the date of our second IUI. My husband went in and did his part at 9am and then we did breakfast afterwards like we did before. This time we went to Baker's Square because Mike thinks that if we went to the same restaurant then we would get the same (negative) results that we did last time. He’s a little superstitious. :) We got back to Chicago-IVF at 10:30 for the IUI.
One of the first things the nurse said to me is that she had great news.
Mike's sperm count was 5.5 million (it was about 2.5 million last time) and the
motility was 92% (it was 76% the last time). We were so happy to hear this. So…the
nurse (who I believe is newer) started with the IUI. She had troubles with the
catheter and ended up having to pull it out…and the speculum and she went to
get my favorite nurse. It turned out that the catheter head was flimsy and they
just needed to replace it. I can’t believe how long this procedure took this
time and how much pain I was in. I am not interested in going thru all of that
again. I just have to keep telling myself that it will be worth it in the end.
This time we followed up the IUI with intercourse the next morning (yes…I
was still ovulating). We didn’t do this last time. In the time I was ovulating,
we only had the IUI last month. So I am hoping that we have twice (or three
times since his numbers were higher) the chance of getting pregnant this time.
I hope so because I found the cutest pregnancy announcement for Easter on
2 days down, 12 to go until the pregnancy test. Right now I am just told to take my estrogen pills (to thicken the lining of the uterus) and use the progesterone gel until I go in for the pregnancy test on March 8th.