All you need to know about intrauterine insemination (IUI)   

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Learn everything about the IUI procedure with our step-by-step guide with info on cost, success rates, and more

What is IUI Treatment?

IUI treatment is an artificial insemination technique used to treat infertility. When the ovary produces one or more eggs for fertilization, concentrated and cleaned sperm are immediately injected into your uterus. The goal of intrauterine insemination is successfully made the sperm reach into the fallopian tube and fertilize an egg resulting in conception. The IUI procedure is done in coordination with your normal period or with fertility drugs, depending on the cause of your infertility.

What is the procedure of IUI Treatment?

IUI procedure is carried out throughout the ovulation period. To encourage ovulation, patients will typically take a fertility drug.

When you are employing donor sperm, your spouse will give a sample of sperm to the andrologist once the ovulation window has been identified.

Your doctor will initially introduce a speculum to observe the uterine opening during the surgery. Then, sperm is injected using a tiny catheter directly into the uterus. The procedure is usually painless and just takes a few minutes.

Mild cramping and spotting may occur between one and three days after the treatment for some women. After the surgery, you can resume your regular everyday activities. The procedure may feel intimidating which is why we suggest using Shachi Maternity Hospital the best IUI center in Ahmedabad. 

Benefits

  1. Anesthesia is not required for this treatment. It doesn’t hurt.
  2. IUI offers milder conditions than other procedures like IVF, which can be aggressive and harsh and degrade the quality of the eggs.
  3. The removal of any contaminants during washing ensures quality sperm.
  4. IUI mimics a natural cycle and is less disruptive to the body and uterus than procedures like IVF.
  5. IUI is a helpful approach to evaluating the body’s response before pursuing therapies like IVF. Avoiding cycle waste might also be beneficial.

When is it recommended?

Intrauterine insemination is recommended for couples who are not able to have a successful pregnancy normally because of conditions like:

Unexplained infertility – As the initial therapy for infertility that can’t be explained, IUI is usually combined with ovulation-inducing medications.

Endometriosis, infertility – Endometriosis-related infertility treatments begin with prescription drugs for the production of healthy eggs, later followed by IUI.

Infertility due to ovulatory factors – IUI is also an option for women whose infertility is due to ovulation-related issues, such as irregular ovulation or fewer eggs.

Menstrual allergies – Infrequently, infertility can be brought on by an allergy to semen proteins. Where the semen meets the skin after ejaculation entering the vagina, there is redness, burning, and swelling. You can avoid the symptoms by using a condom, which also prevents pregnancy. Because a lot of protein in semen is eliminated first before sperm is injected, IUI can be helpful if your hypersensitivity is severe.

What are the risk and side effects?

The risk and side effects of intrauterine insemination are unlikely as it is a mild and a very less intrusive process. Some mild risks and side effects are:

Infection – The likelihood of an infection following the procedure is still quite small.

Spotting – The insertion of a catheter for IUI may cause very mild vaginal bleeding. This often has little effect on a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.

Multiple pregnancies – IUI does not increase a woman’s risk of twins, triplets, or further pregnancies. There might be an increased probability of multiple pregnancies when coupled with ovulation-inducing drugs.

Success Rate of the treatment 

Intrauterine Insemination’s success rate varies depending on the factor you are combating. If you experience ovulatory dysfunction or unexplained infertility, this is a good place to start. Even if your partner suffers from modest male factor infertility, it still works. Your age, your diagnosis, and the timing of the procedure all have a role in how successful it is.

You and your spouse’s diagnosis- The success percentage of the IUI process can be determined by a doctor’s diagnosis of several different conditions.

  1. The success rates can rise from 12% to 27% if you have unexplained infertility and use fertility medicines in conjunction with the treatment.
  2. The success rate of IUI is 16.9% in case of male factor infertility.

Age – Age has a big impact on the success rate of IUI. As you get older, your chances of getting pregnant diminish since your eggs degrade in quality. People can go through multiple IUI cycles to get pregnant when older, while you may conceive with some attempts but none the less it, can be taxing physically and emotionally.

The timing of the procedure – The IUI is scheduled according to the patient’s ovulation. The entire process has been carefully considered. The doctor will tell you when and how to take your prescriptions and when your partner should provide sperm. A set timeline has to be followed without any loops and misses.

Today in this first-paced world and a hectic lifestyle our fertility issues felt daunting as commuting for treatment was also a hassle. I found an IUI clinic near me in Shachi maternity hospital. It truly has been a savior.

Conclusion 

Fertility treatments in themselves can be demanding on the body as well as the mind, amidst those IUI is a rather milder alternative physically, mentally as well as financially. We understand this is a taxing phase of your life and we are here every step of the way in this journey. We wish well and success in your fertility journey.

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