Intrauterine insemination is a relatively painless and affordable medical procedure for treating specific fertility issues. It is one of the proven treatments our Veda fertility experts rely on to assist many hopeful parents in conceiving a child.
What is Intrauterine Insemination(IUI)?
Intrauterine insemination, also called artificial insemination, is often the first fertility protocol for couples struggling to get pregnant. During the procedure, millions of washed sperms are directly deposited into a women’s uterus around the time of ovulation. The goal is to maximize the number of sperms reaching the eggs in the fallopian tubes, increasing fertilization.
There are three ways IUI improves the chances of conception :
· Reduces the time it takes for sperm to reach eggs
· Increases the number of sperms in the female reproductive system
· Synchronizes the meeting time of sperm with the egg.
Depending on the unique infertility diagnosis during your initial consultation, IUI can be coordinated with your regular menstrual cycle or with fertility medications to improve your pregnancy rate. In fact, when combined with fertility medicines, IUI doubles the chances of conceiving.
The treatment is often prescribed for couples facing any of the following conditions:
Additionally, single women may also choose to do an IUI using donor sperm to build their families.
But then, keep in mind that IUI is not an effective option in couples who have blocked fallopian tubes, moderate to severe endometriosis, or severe male infertility. In such cases, IVF is the best-suggested treatment for better results.
The actual insemination process takes only a few minutes, like a Pap smear, though the complete process begins with a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle and includes the following steps:
Different couples have different responses with IUI based on their age, the underlying medical conditions, and the duration of the fertility problems. In most cases, especially for women under 35, IUI treatment has a 10-20% success rate. Even in patients with certain pre-existing conditions, the protocol yields 8-16%.
Moreover, your likelihood of a successful pregnancy increases exponentially with many attempts. For example, you have about 30-60% chances of conception after 3 rounds of IUI.
Speak with your Veda Fertility specialist today to discuss whether IUI is the best approach for you and the expected success rate.