IUI is a simple procedure that doesn’t involve any precautions after the treatment. It is a quick process that females can resume their daily routine very soon.
What is IUI?
IUI- intrauterine insemination is a lab procedure to find fast motile sperm from slow and inactive sperms. Couples who experience sexual problems, need special help to conceive because of HIV or other problems, unexplained infertility etc, use IUI procedure to get pregnant. In females, IUI is performed on the first day of their periods to get their eggs, whilst in males, sperms are taken on the day the treatment is performed that is used to meet with eggs.
Who is ideal Candidate for IUI Treatment?
Female age is an important factor with IUI. If the sperm count, motility and morphology scores are small, IUI doesn’t work successfully. IUI is widely used for unknown causes of infertility. It is also significant for couples influenced by mild endometriosis, ovulation issues, male infertility and cervical infertility.
Main factors for Considering IUI Treatment
- Tubal blockage or damage
- Ovarian failure
- Male factor infertility
- Unexplained Infertility
- Cervical Mucus Problems
IUI is not possible for which Candidates?
- Females with severely affected fallopian tubes
- Due to pelvic infections and scars
- Females with severe endometriosis
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Extensive male infertility
In such conditions, couples should opt for IVF- In vitro fertilization that significantly increases the chance to getting pregnant. In above conditions, either IUI fails or becomes highly risky so better not to choose it instead, use IVF for higher success rates in conceiving a kid and successful delivery.
Female age significantly decides the IUI results. It has a very nominal chance of success in females who are above 40 years old. It has also been described to have a nominal success chances in younger females with a widely increased day three FSH level or other signs of widely decreased ovarian stock.
Meanwhile the experience hold by physician is also significant in increasing the success rate of IUI
What is Insemination and how it’s done?
Insemination is a necessary treatment that should be performed for three months in a female who is releasing eggs on her own. IUI can be tried for longer if needed with polycystic ovaries and inefficient ovulation.
- Woman takes medicines to develop multiple eggs then insemination is scheduled to match up with ovulation
- A semen sample is generated at home or at clinic by masturbation within two to five days of ejaculation.
- Semen is washed in lab and sperm is separated from other semen parts and kept in large volume. Different methods are used for rinsing and separation. It takes around 30 to 60 minutes.
- A speculum is kept in the vagina and the cervical area is smoothly cleaned.
- The processed semen sample of highly active sperm is kept in the cervix or greater in the uterine cavity by using a sterile, flexible catheter.
1. Sterilized sperms are drawn into catheter that is connected with syringe.
2. The sperms present in the syringe are transferred to uterus.
3. Then catheter is withdrawn and speculum is removed
If IUI procedure is performed perfectly, it appears similar to pap smear for females. It creates nominal to no inconvenience.
Success Rates of IUI Treatment
In the present tie laser hatching has become widely popular in IVF treatments and is the best technique for microchanges of embryos. It should be performed by specialists to prevent cell damage.
- Pregnancy chances increase by 10% with artificial insemination and Clomid around three cycles
- Pregnancy chances increase by 15% with injectable FSH medication
- The chances are more up to 55% with one IVF cycle.
What are the risks of IUI?
IUI is almost an easy infertility treatment for females who are not on fertility medicines. There are nominal risks associated but pains, bleeding and spotting may be experienced subsequent the procedure. Also, there are chances of STD transfer if the sperms used are not adequately checked and you do not know about sperm donor and his background. Females on medications are at a risk so they should be regularly monitored to prevent any risk.
Cost of Artificial Insemination Treatment
What is COST OF IUI?
The price of intrauterine insemination by using partner’s sperm is around $300 to $800 that varies significantly among clinics. Additional cost is applied with ultrasound and blood monitoring of follicle generation.
The price of fertility treatments and drugs are usually covered in health insurance of woman. Although in few insurance plans, the infertility treatment is not included.