IUI – Intrauterine Insemination

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•⁠ ⁠A thorough medical history review
•⁠ ⁠Review of previous reports
•⁠ ⁠Sonography scan (wife)
•⁠ ⁠Semen analysis (husband)
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What is IUI?

IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination. It’s a procedure used to assist with conception for couples facing fertility challenges. During IUI, sperm that has been prepared in a lab is placed directly into a woman’s uterus around the time of ovulation. This method can be beneficial for couples dealing with issues such as low sperm count, cervical problems, or unexplained infertility. Compared to more invasive options like IVF, IUI is generally less expensive and less invasive, though its success rates can vary based on factors like the woman’s age and overall fertility health.

When to opt for IUI?

Opting for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) can be considered under several circumstances:

1. Unexplained infertility: If a couple has been trying to conceive for a significant period without success and no specific cause of infertility has been identified, IUI may be recommended as an initial treatment option.

2. Mild male infertility: IUI can be beneficial for couples where the male partner has a slightly lower sperm count, decreased sperm motility, or other mild sperm abnormalities. Washing and concentrating the sperm before insemination can improve the chances of successful fertilization.

3. Cervical issues: Certain conditions affecting the cervix, such as cervical mucus hostility or cervical stenosis (narrowing of the cervical opening), can hinder sperm movement into the uterus. IUI bypasses these obstacles by placing sperm directly into the uterine cavity.

4. Donor sperm: IUI is commonly used for couples where the male partner is unable to produce viable sperm. In such cases, donor sperm can be used for insemination.

5. Timing issues: IUI can be helpful for couples with timing issues related to intercourse, such as irregular ovulation or the male partner’s absence during the woman’s fertile window. By precisely timing the insemination with ovulation, IUI maximizes the chances of sperm meeting the egg.

NOTE: It’s essential to consult with a fertility specialist to determine if IUI is the right option based on individual circumstances, as success rates can vary depending on factors such as age, overall fertility health, and the underlying cause of infertility.

Procedure for IUI

The process of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) typically involves several steps. It begins with optional ovarian stimulation, using medications to stimulate egg production if necessary, followed by close monitoring of ovulation through ultrasound scans and blood tests. On the day of insemination, the male partner or donor provides a semen sample, which is processed in the lab to wash and concentrate the sperm. The prepared sperm is then inserted into the woman’s uterus using a thin catheter. After the procedure, the woman may be advised to rest briefly, and progesterone supplementation might be recommended. Approximately two weeks later, a pregnancy test is conducted to determine if conception has occurred. It’s important for couples to consult with a fertility specialist to ensure the most appropriate and effective treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.

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