Topic: BFP from at home IUI - no speculum/catheter?

It's possible we may be using IUI when we ttc. We are debating on it because, even though Heather is comfortable with me using a speculum and catheter, I'm not! However, that desire for a baby is stronger than fear - as you all well know.

Is it necessary to use a speculum and catheter when doing IUI at home? Or can an IUI vial be used like an ICI and just deposited as close to the cervix as possible? With IUI vials being washed, I assume the sperm will die from the ph balance of the vagina, right?

Tell me your stories if you used IUI at home and got a BFP. What did you use, if anything?

Also, I know sperm from ICI lives about 24 hrs. Anyone know how long sperm from IUI lives? I thought it was about 8 hrs but that doesn't make much sense to me since it takes about 6 hrs to even get to the egg. Guess it's still possible though ....

Re: BFP from at home IUI - no speculum/catheter?

I think that without a catheter you wouldn't be doing an IUI at all. I don't think that the sperm from the IUI vial would die, but they do live a shorter time, I believe. Also, if you're not using a speculum, how will you know that you are putting the sperm near the cervix? 
It really seems that you could just do an ICI vial the way you're talking about your plan.  That way you'll get the benefit of them living longer.

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K&H wrote:

I think that without a catheter you wouldn't be doing an IUI at all. I don't think that the sperm from the IUI vial would die, but they do live a shorter time, I believe. Also, if you're not using a speculum, how will you know that you are putting the sperm near the cervix? 
It really seems that you could just do an ICI vial the way you're talking about your plan.  That way you'll get the benefit of them living longer.

That's the point. I'm not wanting to DO an IUI - we just have the option to use IUI vials of our donor, who is sold out. So it's not a matter of each format being available for purchase and just choosing between ICI and IUI. If that was it, there would be no debate.

As for how we know we get near the cervix without a speculum - we don't. What I know is that I was able to get close enough for it to work when we conceived T. But ICI sperm will live in the vagina a bit whereas I don't know what IUI sperm will do.

Right now, the only people I know who got pregnant from IUI at home used a speculum and catheter. I am trying to see if that is the only way or the most likely way or if anyone has any other tips for us.

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Ah!! Got it!  I would totally get the vials and give it a whirl! I will say that the whole speculum thing terrifies me.  My current doc has a way of making it not horrible, but every other experience I've ever had, it's been awful. 
This is going to sound weird, but being incredibly drunk can help, if you do decide to go the speculum/catheter route.  I would go ahead and buy them and have them on hand, just in case at the moment you decide to go for you're suddenly feeling confident and adventurous, you know?

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I got pregnant that way when I chickened out on my IUI.  I put two IUI vials in the syringe and failed trying to get it into my cervix.  I just put the tip of the cathter in as far as it would go and pushed it in...no preseed.  I did the insemination at 5AM on a sat, but I didn't get a temp rise until Mon AM.  I heard that the IUI vials live 12-24 hours so I think that I got really lucky.  It is possible though!

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K&H wrote:

Ah!! Got it!  I would totally get the vials and give it a whirl! I will say that the whole speculum thing terrifies me.  My current doc has a way of making it not horrible, but every other experience I've ever had, it's been awful. 
This is going to sound weird, but being incredibly drunk can help, if you do decide to go the speculum/catheter route.  I would go ahead and buy them and have them on hand, just in case at the moment you decide to go for you're suddenly feeling confident and adventurous, you know?

Thanks smile

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Katydid wrote:

I got pregnant that way when I chickened out on my IUI.  I put two IUI vials in the syringe and failed trying to get it into my cervix.  I just put the tip of the cathter in as far as it would go and pushed it in...no preseed.  I did the insemination at 5AM on a sat, but I didn't get a temp rise until Mon AM.  I heard that the IUI vials live 12-24 hours so I think that I got really lucky.  It is possible though!

Wow!!! And you got pregnant off of that??!!! AWESOME!!! May I ask: were you using OPK's too or just temping? Do you know how soon after a +OPK you actually ovulated? Either way, if you insemmed almost 2 days before the rise in temp, that's awesome!! There was some strong swimmers in there!

Re: BFP from at home IUI - no speculum/catheter?

I did try the OPKs, but I didn't always get a positive so I can't really say for sure.  I actually never got a smiley the month that it worked.  I stopped trying about 12 hours after the insemination because I figured it was a lost cause.  The months that I did get a positive it showed up between 8am to 12pm, and then my temp would be up the following morning.  This was always on day 17 or 18.  I trusted my cervical position and the actual day more than the OPKs.

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If you are going to do an at-home IUI (as in inserting into the uterus), make sure you find really professional instructions so that you're minimizing infection risk. They're not completely safe to do on your own. Otherwise, just get ICI vials and then using the catheter and speculum is optional.

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RW17 wrote:

If you are going to do an at-home IUI (as in inserting into the uterus), make sure you find really professional instructions so that you're minimizing infection risk. They're not completely safe to do on your own. Otherwise, just get ICI vials and then using the catheter and speculum is optional.

I don't want to go into the cervix. I'm wanting to see if anyone got pg
from using IUI as ICI - not inserted into the cervix

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Hiya!  We did.  Our donor only had a few ICI vials, and the rest were IUI. We bought both, and used one of each the cycle we got pregnant.  We just used the IUI vial as though it were an ICI, just like you are talking about, by putting it in a syringe and putting it as far back there as we could - no speculum.  We used preseed.  And some combination of all the above worked! smile

And we were tracking, so I knew when my LH surge was, but I wasn't sure when I ovulated after. We did 19 and 29 hours after 0. I was 27. smile

~ Sandy

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stwrr wrote:

Hiya!  We did.  Our donor only had a few ICI vials, and the rest were IUI. We bought both, and used one of each the cycle we got pregnant.  We just used the IUI vial as though it were an ICI, just like you are talking about, by putting it in a syringe and putting it as far back there as we could - no speculum.  We used preseed.  And some combination of all the above worked! smile

And we were tracking, so I knew when my LH surge was, but I wasn't sure when I ovulated after. We did 19 and 29 hours after 0. I was 27. smile

~ Sandy

Thank you! smile

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Re: BFP from at home IUI - no speculum/catheter?

I got pregnant off of using a IUI vial. Only used one that cycle too. Used it just like it was a ICI

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Both of my babies were conceived with using IUI vials. Just just used a syringe. 2 vials for Sydnee and 1 vial for this pregnancy.

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BFP- 8/9/09 at 10DPO, after 4 years TTC. Sydnee born on April 14th 2010. BFP #2 at 11DPO 9/29/12. Due 6/11/13

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I conceived M at home using IUI vials and just doing an ICI procedure.

Jamie
Mommy to Twins plus One - donor 733
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