Topic: At home iui veterans?

Are any of you who have done successful at home IUIs willing to share your tips and tricks? I’m currently trying to find a midwife to do the insem but haven’t had any luck finding one so far, and I’m planning to do an IUI at home if I can’t find a midwife. My mom has agreed to help, and has a bit of medical training, but she’s apprehensive about performing the procedure. I have speculu, sterile saline, sterile draping, sterile cotton swabs, sterile tomcat catheter.. is there anything else we’ll need? Any tips for the actual procedure?

C.R. - My sweet boy - Born 12/10/2005 - Passed 07/21/2008

01/2014 - ICI at home - Currently in TWW

Re: At home iui veterans?

We won’t know until the end the weekend if it was successful, only 6dpiui, but my wife has no medical training, I do so I was able to walk her through it. We kept an eye on my cervix post +opk and when it was wide open, did the first IUI, it was so easy, I didn’t feel a thing. It was roughly 18 hours after surge. We were very careful not to allow any air to enter the uterus. I’m sure you have gloves as well, I just didn’t see it listed, that’s my only recommendation for supplies. When we went to do the second IUI, ~36 hours post LH surge, my cervix has started to drop and was closing so it ended up mostly being ICI as we were intimidated by a more difficult catheter insertion.

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Re: At home iui veterans?

I have done 3 cycles of IUI at home with a midwife. My advise to you is to get your vials from the bank a couple days before your LH surge because 1. UPS shows up late and 2. you might have a surge early.
This was the first cycle we did two vials so I am hoping this is it. As you can see in my signature below, we did an insemination 12 hrs after opk and 28 hrs after opk.
I've read that it can take up to 3 to 6 times of IUI before a pregnancy. I think that has a lot to do with trial and error and mind set.
The IUI hurts real bad for me. I've read that there are women that don't feel a thing. I however have nerve endings EVERYWHERE. My midwife said that I am more prepared than most for the pain of childbirth then. Ha.
The process: I lay down on the bed with my legs frog legged. She slides the speculum in and angles it some to find my cervix. There can be a pressure from the speculum expanding. My midwife will put the catheter into my cervix, I will begin to cramp real bad, she instructs me to tell her when the cramping passes, i do, she inseminates, then waits to make sure nothing comes out, and then she gently takes everything out.  And we're done! I wiggle to the back of the bed and get under the covers. I have light cramping and maybe a little spotting but all of that is normal. She tells me to not get up out of bed for at least 20 minutes and to stay warm under the covers.
Let me know if you want to talk more about it. I'm here...waiting..for two weeks. smile

TTC #1: 1 IUI vial 1/11-BFN
      #2:  1 IUI vial 3/1-BFN (would have done two vials but UPS delivered late)
      #3:  1 IUI vial 4/19 12 hrs after + opk; 2nd IUI vial 28 hrs after + opk; now TWW

Re: At home iui veterans?

Thank you for the info!! I was able to find a midwife and am set to do my first iui next month! I’m hoping because I’ve given birth before that it won’t hurt too badly but I guess we’ll see!

C.R. - My sweet boy - Born 12/10/2005 - Passed 07/21/2008

01/2014 - ICI at home - Currently in TWW