Topic: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

Hi Ladies!

I could really use some help figuring out what kind of catheter to use for an at-home IUI.  I thought I had a spare one from Northwest, but it turns out I don't, and the vial is already on its way.  Can anyone share a specific link or product type I could order online for quick shipping, or tell me what to look for locally?

It's been a loooong time since I've seen one, and we never used one for our daughter.

Thank you. smile

~ Sandy

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Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

You can call a local veterinary office and see if they have a tom cat catheter you can buy. Make sure the hole is at the end and not on the side smile good luck.

January-July BFN
August- medicated cycle TWW 10dpi BFP!
    Due April 29, 2015. ITS A BOY

Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

Thank you! I'm trying to picture that conversation in my head, when they ask what I want it for... giggle. What did you say?

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Haha well I'm a vet tech so I made up a legit story. I would just ask if they had a few they would be willing to sell you. If they ask why, well your kinda screwed lol. I can't think of anything that would be an "easy" story for you to explain.  Best of luck.

January-July BFN
August- medicated cycle TWW 10dpi BFP!
    Due April 29, 2015. ITS A BOY

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This is where I got mine smile

https://www.shopmedvet.com/product/cath … pen-703013

Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

So…forgive me…I'm new to this..are you doing IUI at home? or ICI ? Are you buying it washed and going "all the way" with it?

Two moms to Be!!

Mom of 3 Girls (11,8,3) previous relationship
Trying for #4 with my amazing wife.

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Hiya Christa,

We have an IUI vial, which is washed sperm, and we're going to suck it up into a syringe, remove the needle, attached the catheter, and insert the catheter 1-1.5" inches into the cervix, then release the little swimmers. This will be our first try doing an at home IUI, but I understand from other women on the forums that it's pretty straight forward.

I hope. smile

I'm still tracking down the tomcat cath - a local vet clinic is about to call me back, and hopefully with a "yes, you can buy a few from us" answer.  Turns out, for the curious, that HUMAN medical supply stores only carry urinary catheters, which are much, much too big for this. You really do need one from a vet supply place - even the ones Northwest sells are vet supply, so are the ones used in RE offices.

And about the washed or unwashed sperm... so you can't use ICI sperm all the way into the cervix. The unwashed bits shouldn't ever get into the uterus - if they do, they can cause significant cramping and even death. So... yep, if you're going to do an at home IUI, always do it with IUI sperm.

That said, we would rather have just used ICI sperm and inserted it near the cervix, on the outside, and let them swim for it like fresh sperm would. Our donor just doesn't have any ICI vials left.  You can also do that with IUI vials too, which we have for the last few months. We conceived our daughter doing that, as have many other folks. This time, we just thought we'd go the extra few inches, so to speak, and try an IUI ourselves. smile

A special thank you to diane&tammy and softbalplaya22 - here's hoping I track down that tomcat cath by the end of the day today. Fun phone calls, I tell you. smile

~ Sandy

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Oh I can imagine how fun the phone calls are lol smile good luck!

January-July BFN
August- medicated cycle TWW 10dpi BFP!
    Due April 29, 2015. ITS A BOY

Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

Just a fun update - I got my tomcat cath from the awesome local vet's office, and they only charged me $1, and said they can order more for me anytime, no questions asked.

That was, mind you, the third vet's office I tried. The other two said they couldn't sell them to the public.

smile

And I got my CB smiley too. Bounce!

First try tonight, as soon as my wife gets home from work.

~ Sandy

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Awesome!! Lots of luck with your insem tonight!!

Me(39) SMBC
Tubal ligation(1999), Adenomyosis, Endometriosis
DS (19 week preemie) DS (24 week preemie) ^^IC^^ Daughter(19) and Son(14) ^^FET #1: BFP...7 week mc (triplets). FET#2: March 2015(chemical) IVF #3: April 2015

Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

Thanks for the info. I know it seemed easy but I was lead to believe we shouldn't try at home. Im totally on this now!!

Christa

Two moms to Be!!

Mom of 3 Girls (11,8,3) previous relationship
Trying for #4 with my amazing wife.

Re: What kind of Catheter for at home IUI?

Yeah some vet hospitals can be weird about those type things but honestly they have no legal reason that they can't sell it to you. Yay on the smiley smile

Christa- "they" make it seem so scary, with a little practice you'll be a pro in no time. Good luck!

January-July BFN
August- medicated cycle TWW 10dpi BFP!
    Due April 29, 2015. ITS A BOY

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How'd the IUI go? I haven't been able to do one successfully post-baby yet. It's totally different up there. If I'm not pregnant this cycle, I'm going to have to do some serious practice finding that cervix.

This is good info to know about the vet office. Thanks!

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Oh my gosh... it was so easy.

So we got a speculum, and I followed the advice I read here on the forums - namely, get a medium, even if you are post-childbirth, lubricate it very well, and put it in upside down. Easy as pie (uncomfortable, but easy). Then we sucked the sperm up into the syringe, like usual, tapped out all the air bubbles, removed the needle and attached the catheter. Actually, we had all that ready before the speculum went in, cause.. come on, the less time there's metal down there, the happier all women are.

Then, with a flashlight, my wife said she could see everything really easy, and it went in, just like that. About an inch, inch and a half. I didn't feel a thing (besides the vaguely uncomfortable feeling of the speculum). The sperm was in and done before I had any idea, voila!  Then she left the catheter in, pulled the syringe out, sucked in a tiny bit of preseed, and reconnected it to get the last of the sperm out of the catheter itself.

Then, also using advice from the forums, we removed the speculum without trying to shrink it back down (think about it; makes sense, doesn't it?), then I popped in an instead cup, and hung out on the floor of our living room chattering with each other about babies and listening to a giant storm rage outside (we were in the living room because our two year old commandeered the bed, and it wasn't worth moving her).

Voila. Just like that.

I can't believe we didn't do this before. Super easy (my wife was SO nervous though, but she did fine - it took like 30 seconds).

That said, for anyone having trouble finding their cervix, you might just have a longer vaginal cannal than I do, but I can find mine really easily by touch, but especially in the shower if I bear down just a teeny bit. I check it as ovulation time gets closer - the "openness" just adds another confirmation that my timing is spot on. There's also that website, which I can't safely look up from my office, but I'm pretty sure it's http://www.mybeautifulcervix.com.

And we just saved like... $900 by doing this at home. Fun fun.

~ Sandy

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stwrr wrote:

Oh my gosh... it was so easy.

I can't believe we didn't do this before. Super easy (my wife was SO nervous though, but she did fine - it took like 30 seconds).

That is so amazing. If you don't mind me asking, were you successful with at-home IUI?

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Ok. I am following this post. I am doing out next cycle.