Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is typically performed around the time of ovulation. We monitor your egg growth, and around ovulation time, we directly place prepared sperm into your uterus through the cervix using a very thin cannula. By timing ovulation and eliminating the path that sperm would normally take to the uterus, there is a better chance that sperm will swim to the egg and a pregnancy will occur.
We will choose the best option for your unique circumstances. Call us to know more about IUI treatment.
IUI could be the first step in your assisted fertility journey if you belong to any of the following groups:
IUI is not effective in the following scenarios:
· You may have several office visits for ultrasounds to monitor egg growth.
· Your male partner will provide a semen sample the day of the IUI procedure, or the donor sperm will be thawed.
· We perform the IUI under the guidance of ultrasound. You may need to have a filled or half-filled bladder before the IUI procedure.
· IUI is quick and typically painless and does not require anesthesia.
· Some women may experience spotting immediately after IUI procedure, that’s because of irritation of the delicate tissue of the cervix. Spotting won’t negatively impact your chances of pregnancy. It usually resolves in 1-2 days.
· You can go back to routine activity after IUI procedure. Remain physically active but do not intensively exercise.
· Avoid alcohol, cigarettes or any recreational drugs. Take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid. Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
· You can take a pregnancy test two weeks after the IUI procedure.
Low sperm morphology (jump to semen analysis) alone does not refer that a man is infertile. Achieving pregnancy is still possible with low morphology scores.
There is no established threshold value for a morphology score which predicts successful conception, whether with natural conception, IUI, IVF or ICSI.
It has been shown that the results of IUI are strongly dependent, where male parameters are concerned, on the number of motile sperm after sperm washing. Most studies did not concern isolated low normal morphology percentage.
Many factors can impact the success rates of IUI, including type and duration of infertility, number of mature follicles, endometrial thickness etc.
We use these other factors in addition to a morphology score when we discuss with you and predict the likelihood of conception.