Fertility Treatment: Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

When you should choose an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) procedure as an assisted Fertility Treatment

Everyone wants children at some point in life; however, having a child can be just a dream for some couples. When a woman or man cannot complete conceiving for any reason, it becomes a massive struggle for the family.

Nowadays, with advancements in Medical, It is no longer a dream in many conditions to have a child due to the various methods of assisted fertility treatment that are now available.

There are several methods of assisted fertility treatment, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is one of them. It is a non-invasive and less expensive treatment compared with other techniques.

Therefore, doctors may recommend starting with it before progressing to the IVF process or ICSI process if needed.

What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is one of the fertility treatments which aims to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently reach the egg and fertilize it on their own.

IUI involves inserting sperm inside a woman’s uterus to increase the chance of fertilization. This type of fertility treatment is a less invasive and less expensive option compared with other methods.

What’s the difference between IUI and IVF?

What’s the difference between IUI and IVF?

Many people think that IVF and IUI are the same. It is not valid.

During the IUI process, the highest quality sperm is chosen and inserted into the womb to fertilize the eggs naturally.

While during the IVF process, the eggs are removed from the body and fertilized in a lab. It means that Intrauterine Insemination is a less invasive procedure, involves fewer drugs than IVF, and therefore, it is much less expensive.

Before you rush in undergoing any fertility treatment, you must know enough information about the different types of this treatment.

Furthermore, you should deal with a trusted clinic to ensure that you are qualified for fertility treatment and what is the most appropriate procedure according to your condition.

At HayatMed, we will help you to know whether you need a fertility treatment and, if so, which fertility treatment is most appropriate for you. Click here to book a free consultation.

When is the Intrauterine Insemination recommended?

Doctors will recommend IUI process in these cases:

  • Unexplained infertility.
  • Low sperm count.
  • Low sperm movement.
  • Problems with erection or ejaculation.
  • Women with mild endometriosis.
  • The cervix or cervical mucus problems
  • Couples who want to avoid passing on a congenital disability from the male partner to the baby.

However, this method isn’t recommended in the following cases:

  • The thickening of the endometriosis is moderate to severe.
  • In case the fallopian tubes are eradicated.
  • In case the fallopian tubes are blocked due to any problem.
  • Serious fallopian tube diseases.
  • Multiple pelvic infections in women.
  • The inability to produce sperm.

In these conditions, the doctor will not recommend Intrauterine Insemination treatment; other treatments such as IVF or ICSI may be helpful.

It would be best if you discussed the options for conceiving, your doctor can help determine the best treatment for you. Click here to book your free consultation at HayatMed.

What are the IUI success tips?

Some tips can help increase the potential for successful treatment,

some of these tips:

  1. Avoid anxiety and stress

Some feelings, like anxiety and stress, may have a negative impact on the success of fertility treatments.

We understand that patients who intend to undergo this treatment may be worried and stressed. However, they should do their best to stay away from psychological stress.

  1. Avoid ejaculation for three or four days before the treatment

The semen quality and sperm number are essential factors to the success of the treatment.

That’s why the male partner should avoid ejaculating for three or four days before the procedure to maximize the quality and number of sperm taken for the process.

Keep in mind that you should not prevent ejaculation for more than four days because the sperm usually has a lifespan of up to five days. So, a three- or four-days wait is ideal.

  1. Ask about stimulating medications

Sometimes, doctors may recommend the female partner to take stimulating medications to help the ovaries and produce eggs to be fertilized. These medicines may increase the chances of a successful procedure.

  1. Follow a healthy diet

A healthy diet can improve your body generally and potentially increase your fertility. You should do your best to follow a diet that is rich with fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, and healthy fats. Besides, drink a lot of water.

  1. Exercise orderly

Exercise has a positive impact on fertility treatment. However, you should avoid hard workouts if you consider undergoing IUI or any other fertility procedures.

It would be best if you discussed all the factors which can improve IUI success rates before starting the treatment.

What are the risks associated with the procedure?

Intrauterine insemination is a safe and simple process, and it doesn’t usually cause serious complications.

Risks include:

  • There is a low risk of developing an infection as a result of this procedure.
  • The process of placing the catheter in the womb may sometimes cause a small amount of vaginal bleeding. However, it doesn’t usually have any effect on the pregnancy chance.
  • ovulation-inducing medications may increase the risk of multiple pregnancies. Pregnancy with multiple embryos increases the chances of developing complications, like early labor and low birth weight.

How do you prepare before the procedure?

How do you prepare before the procedure?

This technique involves several stages before the actual procedure starts:

Ovulation monitoring

Because the Intrauterine insemination time is pivotal, ovulation monitoring is essential.

You can do that by using an ovulation predictor at home that detects the time your body produces a rise or release of luteinizing hormone. Or, your doctor will visualize your ovaries and egg growth using ultrasound.

You also may be given medications to help you ovulate one or more eggs at the right time.

The semen sample preparation

Your partner will provide a semen sample. Then this sample will be washed to separate the high quality, healthy sperm from lower active sperm, and other elements.

The probability of getting pregnancy increases by using a small, highly concentrated sample of healthy sperm.

Determining the best time for the procedure

This procedure is usually done after a day or two of detecting ovulation. Your doctor will have a plan for the appropriate timing of your procedure.

What is an IUI procedure step by step?

During the process, you will lie on an exam table, and your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina.

Then, your doctor will attach a vial containing the sperm sample to the end of a catheter and insert it into your vagina, through the cervical to your womb wall. Next, they will push the healthy sperm sample through the tube into your womb.

to complete the procedure, they will remove the catheter, then the speculum

Your visit for IUI takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The procedure itself takes just five minutes and doesn’t require medications or painkillers.

After Intrauterine insemination, your doctor will ask you to lie on your back for about 20 to 25 minutes. Then, you can go back to your normal daily activities.

When can you get the treatment results?

You will wait two weeks before taking a pregnancy test at home. Testing earlier than this period could produce a false conclusion.

Your doctor will instruct you to return after two weeks for a blood test, which is more sensitive in detecting pregnancy compared with the home testing.

If you’re pregnant, your doctor will pass you to a pregnancy specialist for prenatal care.

If you don’t become pregnant, your doctor may recommend trying Intrauterine Insemination again before moving on to another type of fertility treatment.

 Sometimes, the same treatment is used for more than three months to maximize pregnancy chances.

How much does IUI fertility treatment cost?

When considering fertility treatments away from fertility medications use, Intrauterine Insemination may be the first option. It’s easier than the other assisted reproductive technologies like IVF or ICSI, and It also costs much less.

However, the cost of any fertility treatments depends on several factors like the doctor’s experience, the geographical clinic location, the used medications during the procedure, and others.

Recently, Istanbul has become one of the most destinations for Fertility treatment abroad.

There are about 150 clinics that offer different types of fertility treatments by the hands of experienced doctors at moderate costs.

You must keep in mind that the laws in Turkey prevent egg, sperm, or embryo donation.  Accordingly, only using the couple’s eggs and sperm is allowed.

HayatMed medical group, located in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the approved clinics in the Ministry of Health. We have the most experienced doctors in Turkey’s infertility treatment field who have been achieving satisfactory results for our patients.

Contact us to get more information about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) cost or go back to get more information about the other fertility treatments.

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