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IUI

IUI, or Intra Uterine Insemination, is the simplest technique in the field of artificial insemination, where the sperm from the male is directly placed inside the uterus of the female to increase the chances of conception.

In a case where the male and female both are not diagnosed with infertility and yet are not able to conceive, chances are that there are other factors that need to be addressed. In order to provide a small push to healthy couples that are not able to conceive naturally, our fertility specialists often recommend an IUI procedure. It is a simple, affordable, and effective treatment for couples who are unable to conceive naturally.

In a case where the male and female both are not diagnosed with infertility and yet are not able to conceive, chances are that there are other factors that need to be addressed. In order to provide a small push to healthy couples that are not able to conceive naturally, our fertility specialists often recommend an IUI procedure. It is a simple, affordable, and effective treatment for couples who are unable to conceive naturally.

  • Physical or medical conditions hindering the ability to produce healthy sperm
  • Low sperm count
  • Impotence
  • Irregular or absent ovulation cycle in female
  • Cervix related condition or disorder
  • Unknown causes

Steps and Duration of IUI Cycle

The sperm sample that is collected for an IUI cycle needs to concentrated before use. It is placed in the uterus right before the beginning of ovulation in women. Apart from this, some medication may also be provided to stimulate the ovaries into ovulation. Here is a short timeline for a successful IUI Cycle.

  • Day 3 of Menstrual Cycle
    Through an ultrasound assessment and blood test, the process will begin. The doctors may prescribe medication to stimulate the growth of extra follicles which will then develop into eggs.
  • Day 8,9, or 10
    Another ultrasound will be performed to judge the follicle size and endometrial lining, which helps in determining the date of the next visit.
  • Day 11,12, or 13
    The doctor may then give an hCG “trigger” shot, which matures the egg as per a decided timefram, so the IUI Cycle can be timed accordingly.
  • IUI
    About 36 to 40 hours after the shot, IUI is scheduled. At this appointment, the semen is placed in the uterus with the help of a precise catheter.

FAQ’s

Q. Should you abstain before IUI?

A male should abstain from intercourse/ejaculating for about 2 – 3 days before depositing his sample. This is to ensure maximum sperm count and motility in the sample.

Q. What should I avoid after IUI?

For a successful pregnancy after IUI, here is what you should avoid

  • Strenuous activities
  • Avoid multivitamins. Instead, take prenatal vitamins
  • Don’t forget to eat well
  • Avoid pain relief medicines
  • Avoid stress
  • Avoid intercourse
  • Avoid swimming
  • Do not smoke or drink

Q. How many days will it take after IUI to show results?

The hCG shot given to you before IUI may stay in the system for about 14 days, which may give a false positive result. So it is recommended that you wait at least 2 weeks before testing for success.

Q. How can I increase my chances of successful IUI?

Here is what you can do:

  • Relieve stress
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Avoid physical work
  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid smoking

For more information on how you can increase your chances of success with IUI, meet one of experts. Book your appointment today.

Q. Does stress affect IUI success?

Yes. It can prevent the implantation altogether. Stress can affect the hormones in a female’s body that reduce the blood flow to uterus, making the environment hostile for implantation.