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    I am new to the forum and am overwhelmed by the amount of support you girls are showing each other, good on you!

    I am trying to concieve #1 more than 16 months now, and have just had our first IUI. Have been through all the obsessive searching on the net, 2 weeks of high hopes, thinking every single pre-menstrual symptom might actually be a sign, only to be devastated when the inevitable spotting and AF arrives. It is so heart breaking, and a journey few people understand unless they have gone through it themselves.

    MayC, I too even thought about Feng Shui recently and whether we should get someone to come around and have a look. But there are so many people out there, I just don't know who's fair game and who's a sham. How did you find yours? I've seen your posts around for a while, and I really wish you all the best and hope you will have good news soon.

    In the meantime, lots of baby dust to each and everyone of you!!!

    Gemma

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    I just got my AF yesterday :( what a big disappointment!! Tmr I will go and get my FSH tested, last month when i was in hk, i had all the relevant tests and seemed like all my hormones levels were within range. I guess my next step is IUI, and I just can't imagine what I have to go through.

    Gemma, which doctor are you seeing? I'd like to know more about the procedure and was thinking whether I should just go straight onto IVF.

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    Hi hkiegal

    Sorry to hear about AF :( Big hug to you. I see Philip Ho in Central.

    IUI is not a huge deal. I am on injectibles to stimulate my follicles, although some people go on oral meds like Clomid. From day 2, I gave myself injections every night over my tummy (like an insect bite, not bad at all). I go back regularly to have my follicles monitored (you don't want too many otherwise you risk having multiples) and on day 12 I had a trigger HCG shot. 36 hours later I had the IUI procedure which involves delivering the "goods" into the cervix via a thin catheter. That was a bit uncomfortable, a bit like a pap smear.

    And now we wait, which for me, is the worst part. I try not to think about it. A bit like if I don't get my hopes up then the disappointment might not be as bad. The fact that I am here means I am not very good at not thinking about it though haha!

    If I were you, I would go see someone now and see what options there are. Has your hubby had his sperm checked? That could influence whether IUI or IVF is the way to go too.

    Good luck hkiegal, let us know how you go.

    xx
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    Thanks for replying Gemma!

    Hubby had SA in June, and result was low sperm count. :( guess that didn't help!

    I was seeing Dr Christine Choy when I was last back, asked about the costs for both IUI and IVF, 20,000 and 100,000 respectively. That is really quite expensive, and on top of that, I also need to be in HK for 3 weeks continuously. How much does Dr Ho charge?

    Gemma, are you going to wait a while before another IUI treatment?

    Good luck to all of us .........:)
    Baby Dust to us all!!

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    Hi hkiegal

    You're right, unfortunately it's quite costly, but probably a bit less than 20k though. You'd need scans regularly but I wouldn't have thought you need to stay in HK continously for 3 weeks. His nurse Kelly is lovely, you could call his office and ask about prices and whether he treats people who are out of town.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed as I am in my 2ww :) In general, if a cycle of IUI fails and AF arrives, as long as you don't have any residual cysts on day 2, it's OK to get kicking with another cycle. If you hubby has a low sperm count and you are 39, it is possible someone may suggest you to go straight to IVF.

    Gemma x

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    Hello ladies, I was in a very similar position when I first came to HK. I had just moved, had had 6-7 rounds of IUI's with and without Clomid, one failed IVF, then had another round of failed IVF. I was 37 and getting paranoid. I was so emotionally distraught over those 3 years that we had made up our minds to adopt but I decided to give IVF one last chance after I took a long break. I did conceive naturally during that time! So don't give up on having sex normally too. I have conceived again to our complete surprise.

    Since you guys are already doing so much, I would also very highly recommend a book called "Taking Charge of your Fertility" by Toni Weschler. Her book was most helpful in understanding cycles. Per Ovulation kits, I never ovulated but this book somehow lifted all kinds of misinformation I always thought true. First time, I charted per her instructions for 4-5 months (7 cycles for me). Second time, it took me one cycle. Give her book a shot.
    Wishing you all the very best.

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    Got my FSH test done and results came back this time as normal. Will take all the tests I have done for the last 2 months to the specialist tmr and seek advice.

    Gemma, how are you doing? Which day are you on in this cycle? Good luck and stay positive!!

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    Thanks hkiegal. Unfortunately this wasn't my month - again. The 2ww went by so unbearably slowly, and when I got the news that the B-HCG is negative I was just crushed, although I kinda expected it because I really did not have any symptoms whatsoever. Last night hubby took me out to a nice dinner, even had some wine and then just dug into a tub of chocolate icecream. I was so depressed today, couldn't muster up any energy at work, just wanted to come home and curl up in a ball.

    How did you specialist appt go? Did he/she suggest any plans?

    Let's hope I'll be able to start IUI#2 soon, fingers crossed!!! :)

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