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Old 02-10-2007, 07:05 PM   #1
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Tilted Uterus - difficulties with IUI

I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience....

When I got my first IUI last week the nurse couldnt get the catheter through the cervix and had to use various instruments which were very uncomfortable - to say the least. she even had to use a clamp to pull my cervix down and try that way after 5-10 minutes of jabbing my insides (seemed an hour) she tells me she cant get it in but will go get the doctor. The doctor used a stronger catheter and was able to get it in after a few minutes.

She said that my uterus was tilted and that they had a hard time making the 'bend' of the uterus. The next day I had a second IUI and it went straight in (as if it opened up or something).

Does anyone relate to this? I am wondering if that could have been the problem with TTC ... maybe the sperm was getting up there?


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Old 02-10-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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Dana, that does not sound like fun, I'm sorry that you had to go through that with your IUI. I'm not sure if it could affect ttc, but I think it is definitely worth checking into. Always good to explore all options, right? I wish you the best of luck!! When do you test?


Old 02-10-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Holly, thanks for the words of encouragement. I had the 2nd IUI on the 6th and AF is due on the 21st ... I hope to wait until then (15dpo) but might give in and test on the sunday before which would be 12dpo ... I am so impatient but I hate to test early because unless its positive you are never 100% sure (before AF of course).... I am so hopeful this time because its the 1st IUI but I just "know" it will be a BFN... just cause I have never seen anything else, you know what I mean?


Old 02-10-2007, 07:37 PM   #4
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I also have a tilted uterus and it has no bearing on ttc. I was told by 2 doctors that it is the same thing as being left handed or right handed. About 20-30% of woman have a tilted uterus. I also have had 6 IUIs and have never experienced what you had to go through...I am so sorry you had to deal with that!!!! I wish you all the luck in the world with this cycle Keep us posted.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:18 PM   #5
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Dana sorry to hear that u had to go through that.No women should have to go through that but what can u do.Making a baby was suppose to be fun now it has turned into a job u hate doing.But I guess we are lucky cause many years ago when they dident have IF clinics and specialist to help a lot of couples couldent have children.I dont know what to say anymore I have just been so down poor DH I havent been in much of a mood for Bding, is it just me or have u girls been feeling the same way sometimes.I just feel so bad but I cant help not being in the mood as often as I used to be. Dont worry about it to much Dana. IUI really helps with the sperm being placed right into the uterus.We are here for u.Will be keeping my fingers crossed for u.


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im so sorry you went through this.. this happend to me at my hysteroscopy.. SOOO painful and uncomfortable. cervix wouldnt open, they could get aroudn teh bend used all these different insturments and eventually i had to be oput under to have husteroscopy... with my first trasfer after vif i had nio problems after the 2nd WOW they couldnt get around the bend.. they used some thing harder then the catheter to break through and i was told because the curve was so difficult it could cause problems ttc with different positions, even tho normalyy a regular tilted uterus wont, if the bend is that bad it can have some problems.. my mock transfer this time around just as difficult.. but once they use this special catheter its not as bad,...i was told he once had a women she curved so bad it was impossible to do ivf on her...the good news is, that the uterus is a muscke and my re said it could contract and you might be fine next month!!! so it can def change good luck in your 2ww!!!!

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cmarie – thank you so much for your kind words … I’m glad to hear that this is more normal than it sounds. Thank you for sharing!

Mapia – I know exactly what you mean about not being in the mood. I think in the last 2 years there must have been at least a couple of months where we missed ovulation because of that same thing. I mean, sex on demand followed by constant let downs … that’s hard. Thank you also, for your thoughts and your kind words.

ASPROUSEY05 – I’m so sorry to hear about your hysteroscopy, how scary to have to be put under for the test. Thank you for sharing your story with me because it gives me some hope that perhaps the IUI will work. I feel good about it but I guess I wont know for sure for another 9-10 days … uchh this 2ww drives me nuts!!!

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I also have that problem and thought the same thing but when I asked my RE he said that wouldn't hurt ttc. The sperm are so small that they can through it without a problem. I had that horrible experience with my HSG so when I went for my first IUI I was so scared that would happen again. My nurse told me to have a full bladder so it will push against the cervix/uterus and straighten it out a bit. I've done that for all 3 IUIs and they have been a breeze. Hopefully you'll get a BFP and not need another IUI but you may want to try that trick if you do. It has worked for me. Good luck!


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Dana, I went through a similar experience with my HSG & it was no fun. The technician said my cervix tilted downward. I too was concerned about the IUI, but my RE was great & no problems whatsoever. I have to say, I'm a bit surprised that they let the nurse do your IUI. You may want to request the Dr do them from now on. - It makes a difference.

Old 02-11-2007, 10:41 AM   #10
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Yes, I can totally relate!!! I have a sever tilted uterus and my IUI's were very painful and it took awhile to get one of them in, the other was easier. Having my hsg was the worst though. The radiologist tried for a little over an hour to get the catheter in. He never got it in. They had to call my doctor on the phone and have him come to the lab from his office to help get it in. It took him about fifteen minutes to get it in. It was so painful, and I was bleeding all over the place. They say sometimes it is harder with tilted uterus, my cervix was also tight they said, so that didn't help either. I think having a tilted cervis is somewhat common. Good luck.


Old 02-11-2007, 10:51 AM   #11
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Re: Tilted Uterus - difficulties with IUI

Thank You ladies for your responses.

Lori – Thank you so much for the tip, hopefully I will not have to but if I get a BFN I will certainly use that trick.

JustDance – I am not yet with an RE this is just my regular OB-GYN, and she has the certified nurse do the IUI. I will definitely consider talking to the Dr and asking her to do it, but apparently the nurse has a pretty good success rate.

Carisa – I just remembered that the doctor mentioned that I have a tight cervix too. I don’t remember if I mentioned this but my HSG was very painful!!! I am so sorry to hear what you went through though, my wasn’t that bad and I don’t envy you at all…

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