IUI #1 went off without a hitch yesterday. Rather than wake up in the middle of the night to make the long trek to the Big City where they do all the inseminating, M and I drove there Sunday evening and stayed at a hotel.
M’s numbers were great: Something like 86 million swimmers and nearly 90% motility. I don’t recall if those were pre- or post-wash numbers. The nurse said that 10 million is a great number, and we were way above that, so I sort of tuned out the details. While I’m not completely comforted by the fact that our infertility problem is most likely all me, I am relieved that we have one less thing to worry about.
Update: I emailed the nurse for the numbers: Pre-wash there were 197.5 million sperm; post-wash there were 83.9 million. The post-wash motility was 86%.
Speaking of me…. My AMH* came back low: 0.6. My RE warned that she would expect to retrieve no more than 4-5 eggs for IVF with a number like that. That’s not great – in fact, I nearly cried when she said it – but the good news is that we can still do IVF. I would have been heartbroken had she said IVF wouldn’t be worth it. Of course, I’m hoping that we won’t need to go that route, but at least it’s still an option.
Even with my abysmal AMH number, I had two mature follicles when I triggered. Two! One on each ovary. I knew this on Wednesday, but neglected to mention it to M. Boy, did his eyes get big when the nurse casually mentioned it just before the IUI. Oops. I just hope they were good quality.
The IUI itself was easy and painless. No cramping, no spotting. The nurse remarked that my cervix was nice and open, which made it easier for her to insert the catheter. Everything went so smoothly, we mostly joked about the cheesy fluorescent light panels (made to look like you’re lying on a beach), and how awkward it was for my husband to be in the room while someone else was up in my business and (hopefully) impregnating me while he watched. Fun times!
After the procedure, we stuffed our faces with sushi, then headed home. On the way, we saw a bull mounting a cow in a field next to the highway. I couldn’t help but feel jealous: I bet that cow won’t have a problem getting knocked up.
Now…. We wait. Two weeks seems like an eternity.
* AMH (anti-Müllerian hormone): one indication of ovarian reserve. Low level indicates low reserve, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. AMH levels probably don’t reflect egg quality.