My RE did not do any baseline blood testing at the start of each cycle or during the cycle. We did the FSH and estradol (sp?) a month before my first IUI. Heck, he never checked my progesterone. Just put me on the endometrin inserts after each IUI as a precaution.
RE was kind of hands off, really. Did the baseline u/s, went home, took meds for a week, came back for a check up u/s. IUI usually 2 days later. No checking of e2 levels to see how many follies were growing or where they were. Although if I hadn’t been reading these boards I wouldn’t have know what I was ‘missing’.
I have seen a lot of people on these forums get more monitoring, and it did make me a little uneasy. Being on so much meds the first time around I was a bit worried about being the octomom, but given my AMH I suppose that wasn’t likely. On the other hand, I was paying out of pocket, so I didn’t really want to rack up more charges. In general, I think for a lot of people, IUI gets way less monitoring than IVF. I would ask your RE about it if it makes you uncomfortable. She might just not think it is necessary. Kind of strange for her to leave it up to you? Maybe her way of asking if you are willing to pay for it?