Author: Dr. Nikita Agrawal          

Qualification : MBBS, DGO

The Advantages of IUI Treatment in Pregnancy

Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy even after frequent unprotected sex for a year. Fairly common throughout the world, infertility affects both men and women. A WHO report from 2004 suggests that almost 1 in 4 couples are affected by infertility, and the rates have only soared higher with time. But with the evolution of science and technology, today we have a range of therapies and treatments available for those affected by infertility. Intrauterine Insemination or IUI Treatment is one such treatment. In fact, it is one of the first types of infertility treatments recorded; with its first documented use in 1770’s London.

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IUI Treatment for infertility

Also known as artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination, IUI treatment is a relatively simple treatment for infertility which involves transferring washed and concentrated semen directly into the uterus, cervix or fallopian tubes using a catheter. In order to maximise the chances of conception, IUI treatment is done around the time of ovulation.

The IUI procedure can be used to treat different kinds of fertility issues. In cases concerning sperm count, quality or motility, it can be used to place the sperm directly into the uterus, thus increasing the chances of fertilisation. And in cases involving female infertility, IUI treatment can help when you suffer from endometriosis or other reproductive system abnormalities. Fertility experts also suggest the IUI procedure in cases where the cause of infertility is unclear.

The Advantages of IUI Treatment

The past few decades have seen infertility become a fairly common condition that affects millions every year. The IUI procedure is one of the many treatments available to help couples affected by infertility. It helps couples increase their chances of conception by maximising the number of motile sperm that enter the uterus. It is a fairly simple procedure, and is preferred by many affected by infertility. To understand why, let us look at some of the advantages of IUI treatment.

Less invasive

Its relatively non-invasive nature and affordable price are among the many advantages of the IUI procedure. Unlike other infertility treatments, IUI doesn’t require complex procedures. The IUI treatment uses a catheter to insert the sperm into the uterus.

 More affordable

The IUI treatment is considerably inexpensive compared to other infertility treatments like IVF. One of the main factors that make the IUI procedure inexpensive is that it involve less use of fertility drugs or medications. The fact that the IUI procedure works naturally makes it a more viable option for most couples affected by infertility.

Natural cycle

With the help of IUI procedure, fertility experts are able to fix infertility issues without the use of drugs or medication. This helps in making the IUI cycle natural and safe. Also, the minimal usage of medicines prevents ovarian hyper stimulation.In certain cases like MFI,HIV discordant couple natural cycle works with good result.

Improved sperm quality

The IUI treatment involves resolving sperm issues like infections, antigenic proteins, prostaglandins or immature germ cells. This way, the IUI procedure can help improve the sperm quality upto some extent.

Relatively high success rate

The IUI success rate is significantly higher compared to similar treatments like ICI or Intra cervical Insemination, which involves injecting the sperm directly into the cervix. Whereas in IUI treatment, the sperm is directly placed in the uterus, which significantly increases the chance of fertilization as compared to timely intercourse.

Less time consuming

Unlike most other infertility treatments, the IUI treatment is a fairly simple procedure and consumes less time.Usually monitoring start on 10th day of menstrual cycle and may have to visit as or when required .

How to make IUI treatment successful?

At Motherhood IVF, we have helped many couples achieve successful IUI pregnancy. Here are some useful tips to help increase your chances of a successful IUI treatment.
  • Avoid excessive stress and anxiety.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Ask your fertility expert about the possible advantages of sperm washing and hormone stimulation.
  • Follow the instruction given by the doctor and again you may be asked by the consultant to have sexual intercourse as and when required during the monitoring.
How to prepare for IUI fertility treatment?

In addition to following the above mentioned tips in order to improve your chances of a successful treatment, here’s a list of things you need to do to prepare for the procedure.
  • Preparing the semen sample through sperm washing. This separates the non-sperm elements from the semen sample, thus improving the quality of the sperm.
  • When it comes to IUI fertility treatment, carefully monitoring the signs of impending ovulation is crucial.
  • In most cases, IUI pregnancy depends mainly on optimal timing. At Motherhood fertility centre, the doctors will have a personalised plan spelled out for you to determine the timing of your procedure.

If you’re looking for the right place for IUI pregnancy, Motherhood IVF Hospitals are among the most trusted and preferred places for different types of infertility treatments.
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