I'm also debating about our protocol. I had success with conceiving Alex on our first Gonal F and IUI cycle. I cannot go back to Clomid because of the side effects it gives me. Basically, I had vision changes while on it (one of the more serious-and rare-side effects) and was told that I can never go on it again. So that leaves injections/IUI or going straight to IVF.
I never before considered going straight to IVF, but my new insurance is fantastic and will pay for three IVF cycles. So in some ways, I'd like to just go for the big guns. But then, in other ways, I feel like I should begin with the most minimally invasive procedure, in our case-IUI.
I guess I'm also nervous about going right to IVF because it's like "what now?" if the IVF fails. It's kind of the "end all be all". I would be so nervous that the three cycles would not take and then we would be paying out of pocket. I guess I would just fear that it would feel like we were running out of options-whereas doing IUI first-I would know that we have IVF in our back pocket, if needs be. Make sense?
So it's oh so very tempting to just start with IVF, but I don't know that it is the wisest decision. We'll probably stick to the original plan of injections with IUI. Either way-Thank God for this technology! Thank God that I even have a choice amongst which procedures to start with. Twenty-five years ago, I wouldn't have been as lucky.