You might be exploring different fertility treatment options and hearing new words which you have never heard of. One such fertility treatment is IUI (intrauterine insemination). This treatment has helped many patients to conceive successfully.
Who are eligible for IUI medical procedure?
- IUI is recommended when women cannot ovulate. Additionally, they are facing the problem of PCOS.
- In some cases, the reason for infertility is not known properly. For that IUI is the best infertility treatment for those patients.
- In the case of men, if they are facing the of ejaculatory dysfunction and issue with semen quality or it is having some abnormalities.
- In some cases, men might have frozen the sperm before undergoing any surgery or getting any treatment for the disease.
What is the procedure of IUI?
The IUI treatment is very simple, you should feel nervous about undergoing the treatment. Your partner will visit a fertility clinic and give a semen sample. Then the doctor will wash the semen by a special procedure. The washing process helps in removing all the impurities and only that part is left which is required for conception. The sperm will be placed in your cervix by using a small tube which is known as a catheter. During the process, you might experience mild cramping which is similar to menstrual pain. Once the semen is transferred to the uterus, the catheter is removed. This will help the sperm to meet the egg so that they can meet each other and women can conceive successfully.
If you are using donor sperm then they will be thawed first and then washed in the same way. Rest of the entire process of IUI medical procedure is the same.
Is the process of IUI painful?
Some women might experience slight pain or discomfort in the entire process. It also depends on how much pain you can tolerate. The best thing about this process is patient is not given anesthesia and it takes few minutes to complete the entire process.
What to expect after the procedure?
Once the IUI procedure is done, the patient has prescribed progesterone and it is taken via a vaginal suppository. After one week, the fertility doctor will do a blood test to check the hCG level as well as progesterone and estrogen level. After 2 weeks, the doctor will ask for a pregnancy blood test to determine the results or you can take it at home also. It is very important that you take care of your health and do not stress out.
How much does it cost?
Majority of insurance companies offer you many benefits to bear the cost of the treatment. In general, it is less expensive as compared to other treatment option.