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Saturday, January 26th 2013, 11:22pm

Help...Scared of IUI

HI, I am new to the forum.

A little bit about me:

I have been on the waiting list for IUI since April 2011, Fertility issue is male factor. allthough I do have some ovulating issues.

I got prescriped clomid as I was not ovulating & my cycle was irregular. However i have had 1 course of clomic & my 10 day scan showed I had 1 good follicle 11mm. This is really good for me as previous scans (Before clomid) showed nothing was happening.

I am scheduled for another scan on 28/1/13 as the nurses are hoping it would have grown by then. If it has grown then I will get the shot and be ready for IUI sometime next week..

The only problem is Iam scared :S I know this may sound a bit silly especially as I have been waiting for this for nearlly 2 years. I find it very dificult to relax. Even when getting smear tests in the past the nurse was not best pleased with me as she had difficulty taking the smear test because i was so tense. I do not know I am doing anything & i honestly believe i am relaxed when i am not. I feel very embarrassed by this & it is making me very nervious for the IUI.

what if I can not relax and it doesnt work properly? or what if it is very painfull?

is their any relaxation techniques I can do before & even during IUI to help with this? The nurse who took the smear test advised me to lie on my back, knees bent with feet together as she said this would help. However It hasnt and im not sure what else to do?

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Saturday, January 26th 2013, 11:59pm

hi,

first off, you will be fine IUI is slightl;y different from a smear. when you are lying down they will put your feet in stirrups. you do have a speculum inserted, but if you mention how nervous you are before the procedure, im sure they will do their utmost to reassure you. then a ctheter pipe is imserted, they tell me i could be slightly uncomfortable = but ive never felt a thing. then they'll bring the sperm in, put it the pipe and send swimmers on their way to meet your egg. so theres the practical side, now the emotional side.

i have had IUI, in the past, and i dont like speculums, they always catch my lips on exitand that comes a bit keen. but, with IUI, its different. because hopefully theyre putting in 1 half of yours and dhs baby. but i would explain youre nervous and when your feet go in stirrups, start to concentrate on breathing in and breathing out. if it helps just try to block out the bottom half and concentrate on breathing. you could also lie there chatting to the nurse, trying to use distraction trechniques on yourself.

honestly, you will be fine. it could be the start of your new baby and thats an exciting, happy time PMA PMA PMA. you will find you have an inner strength you never knew existed.

i wish you all the luck in the world

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Sunday, January 27th 2013, 8:33am

I had 2 rounds of iui and the first one was soooo nervous they put the spectrum in and I was soo tense it shot out like a bullet from a gun narrowly missing the doc!
Then they gave me a small amount of diazepam and it worked so much better after that. So do talk to them before and let them know they will be able to help.

Good luck and hope it all goes well



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Sunday, January 27th 2013, 9:41am

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Sunday, January 27th 2013, 10:20am

:hi:
I had 2 rounds of IUI and was terrified as I know that my cervix can be a little tricky (?!) but due to the timings in your cycle, and the added hormones that you are taking, your cervix should be soft and slightly open ready to receive the goodies.
Pease don't think its going to hurt like a smear, I found them to be so much more gentle than the usual gp practice nurses! And this time they are giving you something special rather than scraping something away.
In my clinic I'd managed to see the same nurse or 2 for each of my scans so when it came to IUI I already had built up a relationship with the lovlies that were doing their best to help me towards my BFP.
Do mention to the nurse at your next scan thet you are nervous, they may show you the treatment room if you haven't seen it already and talk you through exactly what they plan on doing on the day and when each stage will happen. Chatting to the nurses on the day will also relax you a bit, even if it is just distraction :)
PMA....this could be the start of a wonderful pregnancy....now that is surely something to look forward to :thumbsup:
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Sunday, January 27th 2013, 12:34pm

Hi, Gracie, and welcome
If you are really tense I agree that you should discuss it with the nurse or doc doing the insertion.
For me, I found that the IUI was no worse than the internal scans. My doc did not use stirrups but, unlike with smears, they are able to use some lubricant (lubricant on a smear can skew the results) so the insertion is not as bad.
I know this may sound strange but I have read that doing something like chewing gum or breathing deeply can be enough to distract you and help you relax your perineal muscles so that the insertion of the speculum is less uncomfortable...


Good luck, Hun, and let us know how you get on...


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Sunday, January 27th 2013, 6:32pm

Hi Everyone :)

Thank you so much for your reply & advice, Reading all your comments has helped me, & I will make sure I tell the nurses on the day that I am nervous & I will also speak with them tomorrow. I didnt know they could give you anything to help you relax, thats good to know :)

Redwillow - The bit about the spectrum shooting out like a bullet made me laugh as that is something that would happen to me lol.

Today I had a nice chat with friends & family who are very supportive & this has also helped ease my mind. I think I am more scared of the unknown if that makes sense.

I am going to have a relaxing night to night & make sure I have enough sleep for tomorrow, then I will find out what day I will be having the IUI. I will keep you all posted :)

thanks so much again it is greatly appreciated x

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Monday, January 28th 2013, 12:32pm

Hi, Gracie - the uknown is always daunting. Hopefully it won't be as bad as you are expecting...

Good luck


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Thursday, January 31st 2013, 6:46pm

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know I had the IUI today & I am now on my 2ww (well 18 day wait)

It wasnt like anything i had imagined. I found it actually quite okay, It was uncomfortable but that was mainly the spectrum going in. Once I relaxed however it was much easier.

I felt the catheter going in but it was just like a scratch/nip sort of feeling. i felt a bit strange afterwards,, but I think that was just excitement etc, I have had a few cramps/twinges since & a bit of wind haha (sorry maybe TMI :rollseyes: ) Has anyone else felt any these after having IUI?

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Friday, February 1st 2013, 11:36am

Hi, Gracie
Yes - it is quite common. I personally did not have any issues after IUI but a number of ladies report some degree or cramping and some experience a slight bleed esp if the catheter scratched the cervix going in, much the same as some women have a bit of bleeding after a smear.

Good luck on the 2WW...


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Monday, February 11th 2013, 5:49pm

hi, Gracie
how is the 2WW going?


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