Intrauterine Insemination, IUI is a procedure in which sperm is implanted into a woman’s uterus during ovulation to increase her chances of becoming pregnant.
Intrauterine insemination or IUI is a medical procedure in which the doctor places washed and good quality semen into the uterus of a woman stimulated with hormones. The doctor advises IUI treatment in case of a young woman with no history of any fertility treatment with or without male factor.
Intrauterine insemination procedure is conducted in concurrence with ovulation-stimulating medications. The doctor will either use the husband’s or a donor’s sperm. But before the start of this procedure, the doctor will conduct some tests to see if the woman is suffering from any hormonal imbalance, infection or any other physiological medical conditions. The doctor may prescribe some fertility medications to stimulate ovulation.
IUI is a simple and unsophisticated medical procedure to increase the chances of fertility. It is also cheaper than most other fertility procedures. It is considered to be excellent at increasing the chances of pregnancy.
In the IUI procedure, semen is placed into a woman’s uterus during ovulation which increases her chances of pregnancy.
First, sperm is collected from either the husband or a donor. If the insemination is being performed with the husband, the sperm will be produced by the male partner either at home or at the clinic itself (by way of masturbation), which is then prepared for the procedure. Next, the sperm is processed through a wash to clean out the toxins and collected in a concentrated volume.
The separation is performed to select and concentrate the most motile sperm into a small volume.
The doctor will predict ovulation either by ultrasound or with the help of a urine or blood test. During ovulation, the doctor passes a catheter tube through the speculum to the woman’s uterus for the deposition of semen. The woman will become pregnant when the egg implants on the uterus lining if it is fertilised with the sperm.
The IUI procedure will be explained to you in great detail during the initial consultation with the doctor. But if they don’t explain, you may want to ask as many questions about the treatment as possible. It will help you weigh in the options and make an informed decision.
The primary reason behind opting for intrauterine insemination is the woman not being able to get pregnant. However, there may be several reasons behind this issue:
You may talk to your doctor for more information on whether the intrauterine insemination technique is a suitable option for you.
Although intrauterine insemination is considered quite safe, it may have some complications like any other medical procedure. The complications are as follows:
These are just a few potential complications that affect the patient during or after intrauterine insemination. But the doctor will tell you about these issues during the consultation itself.
There are three significant components of the preparatory procedure for the IUI:
The doctor will provide you with adequate information about how the preparation and IUI process will happen at the initial consultation.
Your visit to the doctor’s clinic for IUI will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes. But the IUI procedure itself will only take a couple of minutes. Moreover, you won’t require any pain relievers and other medications afterwards.
First , you will be asked to lie down on the examination table with your feet placed in the stirrups. Then, similar to the Pap test, a speculum will be inserted into your vagina. During the IUI procedure:
After the sperm is inseminated, the doctor will ask you to lie on your back for a short while. Afterwards, you can get dressed again and return to your daily routine. You may experience minor spotting for a few days after the procedure which is not a matter to worry
Chances of pregnancy with IUI treatment:-
Chances of IUI treatment ranges from 12% to 18% depending on patients age and history. A doctor may suggest a maximum of 3 IUI cycles before suggesting you for an IVF treatment if he is confident that IUI can be one of the treatment options in your case otherwise he may even consider directly suggesting you for an IVF-ICSI treatment.
The doctor may ask you to come back to the clinic for a blood test, as it will provide you with better results after the IUI procedure. In addition, the doctor may recommend trying this technique again before moving on to a different approach.
Please consult the Fertility experts at Siya Health, or call our Siya Fertility Counsellor today, if you are looking for more information about intrauterine insemination.
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