I went out to lunch with my dear friend N today. She went through a miscarriage two months before mine, and she’s also obsessed with getting pregnant again. It was so great to talk to her. What a fantastic treat to chat with someone who totally understands. I just love N.
I told her about my upcoming IUI and she told me about how she’s been feverishly trying lately as well. N has perfectly regular 28-day cycles and she always gets predictable EWCM. I told her how I wished I had a regular cycle and ovulated on my own, and she told me she would love to have an IUI as she considers that a leg-up on baby-making. It’s funny, I realized that when it comes to TTCing, women with normal cycles worry and stress just as much as those of us who struggle with our fertility. It was so interesting to hear her stress out about her timing and frequency of intercourse this cycle. She actually said something to the effect of, “Oh you’re so LUCKY you're going to have an IUI, you’ve got such an advantage!”
This notion really struck me. Dear lord, is it possible that I have a fertile advantage over a woman who has regular, ovulatory cycles? Is it possible that I actually have a better chance of conceiving due to the medical intervention I am about to undergo? All research I’ve seen indicates that yes, a medicated IUI (especially two per cycle) gives you slightly (a few percentage points) better odds per cycle of success than natural, timed intercourse. Imagine that, ME with a fertile advantage. I must be dreaming.
So it's Medicated Me versus Natural N in the baby-making showdown...who will take the championship?
(Honestly, I’m confident that we’ll both be winners. It’s really just a matter of time.)