Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Treatment?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a popular infertility solution through which couples boost their chances of getting pregnant. The IUI treatment replaced a series of conventional treatments, ranging from the use of antibiotics to insemination in the cervical mucus, which were largely ineffective. So this procedure comes as a relief to countless couples unable to get pregnant without intervention. The procedure is successful in treating low-quality mucus or sperm, as well as cases where the sperm quantity is insufficient.
How Successful is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?
While the probability of success is determined by the nature of different cases/problems, the overall success of IUI treatment is encouraging. Compared to the normal monthly conception rate of 1% to 3%, IUI boosts this figure to 5% to 10%. Couples who don’t want to leave their pregnancy up to chance often use IUI to get pregnant and can increase their chances of conception ten-fold.
The IUI Treatment Process
The day of the IUI procedure is chosen based on ultrasounds, the woman’s cycle, urinary LH tests, and status of the developing follicle. The woman can take the tests herself as instructed by our specialists, and once the couple gets the predetermined results, they can schedule the IUI for the next day.
To ensure the surge does not go unnoticed, the test is scheduled in the afternoon or early evening. It is recommended that the couple not have intercourse for 2-3 days prior to the insemination, so that the male can provide a strong semen sample through masturbation on the day of the insemination. The specialist then chooses from a variety of methods to wash the specimen in a range of mediums, resulting in a concentrated capsule of motile sperm that is transferred into the uterus via the cervix. After being inseminated you will simply have to lie on the procedure table for about ten minutes, concluding the IUI treatment.
Compared to other techniques intrauterine insemination (IUI) is fast, effective, comfortable and affordable. The process is pain-free (for both male and females), is easily completed, and is a very common first attempt at assisted conception with exceptionally low chances of complications.
Some patients may experience mild cramping but side effects are rare. The Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility uses a prophylactic antibiotic for providing maximum protection against infection. Our well-trained staff also does everything to ensure you are comfortable and that your chances of success are optimized.
Frequently, when it is determined that IUI is appropriate, it is attempted a few times before moving on to more complex procedures. There are many factors that determine the suitability of IUI for different couples.
Call Us to Find Out
We will be glad to discuss your situation and fertility options at length and help you discover the most suitable solution for getting pregnant. Set up an appointment today by calling 520-326-0001.