Here’s What To Expect When You’re Getting Your First IUI Treatment

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We know that trying to have a baby comes with its fair share of fear and worry. The phase may come with a lot of options and advice from people on different treatments and procedures to try.

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Couples try fertility treatments for different reasons. However, low sperm count, decreased sperm motility, blocked fallopian tube, cervical factor, mild endometriosis are some reasons why couples use the IUI method.

If you’re still reading this, you’re probably leaning towards the IUI as a fertility treatment.

To make the process a bit easier, here are a few things to expect when you’re getting your first IUI treatment.

1. What is IUI?

IUI is a fertility treatment that involves placing a prepared sperm into the woman’s uterus when she is ovulating, to facilitate fertilization. This is done using a thin pen-tip sized catheter. The procedure is done to increase the number of sperms to reach the fallopian tube, thus increasing the chances of fertilization.

2. How does it work?

The IUI process gives the sperm a starting advantage. The catheter provides a way for the sperm through a direct route to fertilize the egg in the fallopian tube. This direct route means that the catheter makes it possible for the sperm to bypass the cervix and cervical mucus which may ordinarily hinder its journey.

The IUI procedure usually takes just a few minutes and causes mild or minimal discomfort.

3. Timing is an essential factor

Before the IUI process, medications that can stimulate ovulation may be administered. With this, a close watch on the maturity of the eggs will be carried out. Following that, you and the doctor will pinpoint your ovulation day, and once that is confirmed, the timing for the IUI treatment will be fixed.

It is usually about 24 – 36 hours after the increase in the hormone that indicates the onset of ovulation (L-H hormone).

With the schedule fixed, other things that need to be meticulously followed include; when you take your medications and when your partner’s sperm is to be produced.

4. What are the risks of using an IUI?

A small chance of an infection after the IUI is a possibility. There’s a “theoretical” risk of infection with procedures that involve the introduction of anything into the vagina.

5. IUI vs IVF

Most women generally try to use a IUI treatment before trying more expensive fertility treatments like IVF. Usually, the success rate of IUI is between 5 to 20%, depending on the woman’s age, mindset and some other health factors. Your physician may recommend other processes such as IVF if you don’t get pregnant after three IUI procedures.

Although the IUI is less invasive and expensive, the pregnancy chance rates are higher in IVF than in IUI.

It is okay for couples to want to explore different options and know other traditional methods before settling on one fertility treatment.

If you’re trying to get pregnant and you need to know more about IUI treatments and other fertility treatment options, guysandstthomasprivatehealthcare offers resources in that regard.

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