Once you have the IUI, on average how long does the donor sperm live to reach the egg? I read somewhere that having sex with your partner- if he does not have a male factor, the sperm could live for up to 5 days or so. I believe i read on here that donor sperm do not live that long because it is thawed, but i forget what the average length of time is. I know people also say all you need is one good timing IUI cycle when using the donor sperm, but doesnt it make more sense, since the sperm do not live as long and you cant go home to "top things off" with your husband because of no sperm, the clinic would do back to back IUI just in case you release the follicles later than expected, even with the HCG trigger, that open window is 12-48 hours typically.
For everyone who has done IUI with donor sperm, have any of you come across this question to your RE? I am going to a new doctor next friday and would love any advice!
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05-13-2009, 06:11 AM #1nancyandjason83Registered Userhas no status.
How long does donor sperm live?4 IUI's - BFN...what do do now??
05-13-2009, 06:24 PM #2Almost30Registered Useris so in love with her baby girl :)
I have been told that it only lives and average of 12hrs. but my Doctor says it can live for up to 24hrs. Frozen sperm doesn't live as long as fresh sperm though so timing your insemination is a lot more important when using frozen sperm.
05-13-2009, 07:18 PM #3tess1026Registered UserThankful
I was blessed to become pregnant on DSIUI #2. My RE also said approx. 24 hrs, but the lab said average of 12 hrs "after insem". Timing is the key. I only had a single insem, my RE said the b/b did not statistically improve chances. Tons of opinions on that!
05-14-2009, 10:29 AM #4nancyandjason83Registered Userhas no status.
tess- where did you purchase your donor sperm? Did the place you ordered from guarantee a certain percentage of motile sperm in each vial?
Congrats on the BFP4 IUI's - BFN...what do do now??
05-14-2009, 11:54 AM #5tess1026Registered UserThankful
I ordered from xytex. I've heard some negative things about them (customer service wise), but the were absolutely great to me. They did not have a guaranteed #, but they have a min. standard. Sue (from the lab) explained it all to me re: washing procedures, spinning, ect. Sorry I can't recount it all for you, but they provided tons of info for me.
Have you ordered yours or are you in the process?
05-14-2009, 12:13 PM #6nancyandjason83Registered Userhas no status.
I had come across another thread that said they ordered from fairfax and the doctor performing the iui said that the quantity that was given in the vial was no where near enough to even perform the iui and that she should ask for her money back. she called fairfax and got her money back, since there was less motile sperm than what fairfax promises in the warranty. I honestly never gave this a thought. It could happen to anyone ya know? I had ordered 2 vials at fairfax. The donor i picked has proven pregnancies though. But to see 35 % after thaw motility makes we wonder if that is normal for donor sperm after it is thawed out4 IUI's - BFN...what do do now??
05-14-2009, 12:28 PM #7tess1026Registered UserThankful
To me it was all a bit confusing. The #s are so different, depending on how the lab thaws, spins and washes. Did you have pre-washed samples or did your RE/lab do it? IMHO, the timing is more important than the counts. If I am remembering correctly - 35% is pretty good for DS. Is this your first iui?
05-14-2009, 12:35 PM #8nancyandjason83Registered Userhas no status.
I am actually waiting till I get my AF so i can start IUI # 2 because my first doctor was a jerk . The timing for my first IUI was completely wrong and they had thawed my sperm out. My loss! The first doctor wanted me to order ICI and they had their own lab. So i have 2 vials left. The new doctor i have coming up next week told me that they can wash the ICI sperm at their lab.. so we will see4 IUI's - BFN...what do do now??
05-17-2009, 06:16 AM #9KylieRegistered User Over 5,000 Postcool
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The key is to get the IUI right after the egg releases . Are you getting ultrasound monitoring and HCG injection? That is how I had success with my cycles (I have done 10and have four children now). The egg lasts up to 24 hrs max, so it's easier to get the sperm there after you ovulate so the sperm can go right for it . I hope your clinic does IUIs 7 days a week, that is important! I used ICI specimens that were washed by my RE's lab for my IUIs.
06-08-2009, 07:48 AM #10april&tomRegistered Userhas no status.
From all of my Googling research, the Egg lives upto 24 hours (but first 12 is best) and Thawed Sperm lives upto 24 hours (but first 12 is best). So, ideally, the Sperm should be inserted around 6 hours before ovulation, to give them travel time and they are in position, waiting as the Egg is released.
So, that means, for most ladies, IUI should be done 30 hours after LH surge (makes OPK+ testing at every pee-break very important!). And, best timing is done w/ U/S and HCG trigger...
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