Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) at
Birla Fertility & IVF
IUI is a type of fertility treatment that involves artificial insemination. It is a simple technique used when medication and timed intercourse fails. It involves placing processed semen samples containing motile sperm thorough the cervix into the uterine cavity around the time of ovulation to facilitate fertilisation.
IUI increases the chances of pregnancy as the semen quality is improved by washing. Egg quality is improved by medication and the timing of insemination is set with the ovulation.
Unexplained subfertility of short duration
Mild male factor infertility
Cervical factor infertility
Problems with ovulation
The IUI Process
Diagnostic tests before IUI
Before you begin your IUI treatment, it is important to know if your fallopian tubes are open and healthy. If the tubal patency test indicates an issue in any one of the fallopian tubes, IUI is carried out only if there is evidence that ovulation will occur from the ovary which is one the same side as the healthy fallopian tube.
Apart from the tubal patency test, semen analysis is also carried out. If the analysis indicates low sperm count or low sperm motility, IVF with ICSI may be recommended instead.
Based on your and your partner’s health, you may be recommended IUI with or without fertility medications to stimulate ovulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
IUI is the acronym for “Intrauterine Insemination” – a procedure to directly insert washed and concentrated sperm into the uterus to aid fertilisation.
IUI is a minimally invasive and safe procedure. Some women may experience mild cramps like menstrual cramps after insemination. In case of a stimulated IUI cycle, there is a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation (a rare but dangerous complication from hormone therapy) and multiple pregnancies.
Success rates of IUI depends on several factors such as cause of infertility, age of the female partner, use of hormone therapy and sperm quality. Many women may require several cycles of IUI to become successfully pregnant.
Intrauterine insemination is done near the time of ovulation. The washed sperm is placed into the uterus when the ovary releases an egg for the process of fertilisation. The ovulation period is different for every woman and is monitored when getting into IUI treatment.
IUI is not an extremely painful process. Some amount of discomfort might be felt during this process.
Some lifestyle changes are recommended after IUI. Do not smoke or consume alcohol and limit your intake of caffeine.
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