IUI - intrauterine insemination - is the preferred fertility treatment before progressing to costly IVF. While IUI is a very successful treatment option for some, others may not be good candidates. Understanding IUI and its pros and cons can help you determine if IUI is the right treatment for you.
IUI is also referred to as artificial insemination. IUI is used for couples who have unexplained infertility. Although it may be done without fertility medication, IUI is often paired with fertility drugs - such as Clomid - which can gently stimulate ovulation.
During an IUI cycle:
- A woman is prescribed fertility medication to stimulate egg production
- Her cycle is closely monitored using blood work and ultrasound
- Once the egg(s) are mature, an additional medication may be given to trigger and time ovulation
- Immediately prior to ovulation, a sperm specimen is provided by the male partner (or donor sperm is used)
- The sperm is washed so that only healthy, normal, motile sperm remain
- The prepared sperm are delivered directly into the uterus via a catheter and a small syringe
IUI can be an effective treatment for individuals who have mild issues interfering with fertility. It is less invasive than IVF and can address a number of issues including ovulation concerns, issues with cervical fluid, and mild sperm issues. Additionally, IUI is significantly less expensive than IVF and may be covered by insurance policies that do not include full fertility coverage.
IUI is not ideal for all causes of fertility issues. A woman’s fallopian tubes must be open and she must ovulate or respond well to low doses of fertility medication. Furthermore, if there are significant issues with sperm motility, or if ICSI is needed for fertilization, IUI is not the right treatment method. Additionally, success rates for IUI treatment are only slightly higher than monitored timed intercourse.
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