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WHAT IS IUI?

2020-06-27

WHAT IS IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment where sperm are placed directly into a woman’s uterus.
During natural conception, sperm need to travel from the vagina through the cervix, into the uterus, and up to the fallopian tubes. With IUI, the sperm is washed and concentrated and also placed directly into the uterus, which puts them closer to the egg.
This process can increase the likelihood of pregnancy in certain couples who have been facing difficulty in getting pregnant.

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WHEN IS IUI RECOMMENDED?

IUI treatment could even be recommended for any of the subsequent situations:

• Male infertility.
• Hostile cervical mucus.
• Unexplained infertility.
• If treatment with fertility drugs alone isn't successful.
• If a sperm donor is being used.
• If sexual pain makes intercourse not possible.


IUI isn’t effective in the following scenarios:

• women with moderate to severe endometriosis.
• women who have had both fallopian tubes removed or have both fallopian tubes blocked.
• women with severe fallopian tube disease.
• women who have had multiple pelvic infections.
• men who produce no sperm.

 

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THE IUI PROCEDURE:

The process is pretty simple, though it’s normal to feel nervous about it. It will be done in your fertility clinic. If you’re employing a sperm donor, the donor sperm is going to be thawed and ready.


If not, your partner will acquire the clinic that day with you and provides a semen sample. The semen sample is achieved via masturbation, the same as how a semen analysis is completed.
If your partner cannot produce a semen sample at the clinic, they'll have the choice of employing a sterile home collection kit.

Keep in mind that for this method, he will be required to get the sample to the office within an hour of collection, and it must be kept at body temperature until he gets there.
If your partner is going to be out of town, or if he had difficulty providing a sample within the past, he could be ready to provide the semen sample before IUI day.

In this case, if the sample is frozen until it's time to thaw it out and be prepared.
Semen contains more than just sperm. Your doctor will put the semen through a special “washing” procedure that removes impurities, leaving only what’s needed.


For the procedure itself, you will lie down on a gynecological table, similar to the ones used for your yearly exam. A catheter will be placed in your cervix. You may have some mild cramping, almost like what you would possibly feel during a cervical smear. The especially washed semen will then be transferred into your uterus using the catheter. Then the catheter is removed, and you’re done!


Your doctor may suggest you remain to lie horizontally for a brief while after the procedure, otherwise, you could also be ready to rise up directly.


In either case, you do not have to worry about the sperm detachment after you get up. The sperm are transferred directly into your uterus. They aren't going anywhere but up, to waiting for the egg!

RISKS INVOLVED:

consulting a doctor


There is a little risk of infection following the IUI procedure. Your doctor will use sterile instruments, so infection is incredibly rare. If medications are accustomed to induce ovulation, there's a risk of pregnancy with multiple babies.


Often the ovaries over-respond to fertility medications and a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome may result.
If there are too many potential follicles, the cycle may be cancelled and tried again at another time.

SUCCESS RATE OF THE IUI PROCEDURE:

 


Every couple will have a distinct response to IUI, and it may be difficult to predict its success. A number of factors affect the outcome, including:

age
underlying infertility diagnosis
whether fertility drugs are used
other underlying fertility concerns
Pregnancy rates following IUI are varied supported your reasons for needing fertility treatment. Success rates for IUI tend to decrease in women over the age of 40, and in women who haven't gotten pregnant after three cycles of IUI.

 

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