"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
IUI stands for IntraUterine Insemination it is one of the simpler, “low-tech” treatments for infertility and the starting point for many individuals and couples who are having difficulty with conception on their own. This treatment is usually suggested to patients who have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, mild male factor infertility, a cervical factor, or irregular or absent ovulation are often good candidates for IUI.
A flexible tube is inserted through the cervix, sperm which has been washed is then injected into the uterus. The sperm is washed prior to injection so that all chemicals (which could be causing negative reactions in the uterus can be removed), low motile sperm, and morphologicly inacurrate sperm can be removed leaving the remaining sperm cleansed. The sperm washing technique gives the sperm a greater chance of fertilizing the egg, especially when the male partner is suffering from unexplained infertility. IUI provides an advantage for the healthy sperm by giving it a head start in its journey through the Uterus, though it still requires the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own.
Some of the women who choose to do IUI have experienced some cramping during the procedure, relating it to the same pain level felt during a pap smear. The procedure is performed during a woman's normal ovulation-ideally within six hours either way--so it is likely the cervix has already opened somewhat. If you have been on Clomid and found cervical mucus to be a problem, then IUI can increase the chance of success, even with a partner's low sperm count. The success rates of IUI can range from 5-26%, and the cost is significatly lower than doing IVF. Depending on your fertility diagnosis, or the amount of IUI's you may have done, IUI can be coordinated with your normal cycle or with fertility medications. Your Physician may also recommend IUI in cases where donor sperm is needed. Standard infertility testing will be completed before you and your doctor make the decision about whether or not IUI is right for you.
“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it”
Helpful Tips and Tricks for a Successful IUI..
I see a lot of questions on message boards looking for the magic solution to help that one sperm find the egg and achieve success during IUI. So I have compiled a list of helpful suggestions;
- Acupuncture can help the body to achieve a proper hormone balance creating the proper atmosphere for a successful pregnancy.
- Drink LOTS of water. Stay hydrated.
- Decrease sugar intake.
- Eliminate soda's, coffee, and Alcohol intake
- Keep your feet warm
- Pinapple core before and after IUI cut up and eaten daily up to 5 days post procedure. (Bromelin found in the core helps to thicken the lining of the Uterus, as well as is known to help aid in implantation).
- Visualization Techniques. See yourself pregant and happy. Don't stress about that one sperm making it, focus on what you want in the end.
- Stay positive, our bodies know when negative thoughts enter and it can react to those thoughts and worries.
- Full Fat Dairy.
- Exercise, don't over do it. Allow a nice hour long zumba class to help relieve the stress you are experiencing. Remember to moderate don't overdo it.
- Refrain from strenuous activities after insemination as they can cause uterine cramping and interfer with implantation.
IUI Without Fertility Drugs
Many couples make the decision to first try IUI without the use of fertility drugs. This can work for some couples and be a cheaper option. This option can work well for women who are not suffering from ovulation problems such as PCOS or irregular periods. In order to prepare for IUI youwill have to track your ovulation. This can be tracked by ovulation predictor tests at home or by your physician who will use vaginal ultrasounds to get a good look at your ovaries and uterus. If doing at home ovulation prediction tests, when the test shows positive, ovulation will occur within the next 18-24 hours. Once your test shows positive, you will need to contact your clinic to schedule an appointment for your IUI.
IUI in Combination with Fertility Drugs
This option is usually done when an initial IUI was unsuccessful or you have PCOS or Irregular periods. One of the most common drugs prescribed to promote ovulation is Clomid; it triggers your ovary to produce follicles, prompting the ovaries to release mature eggs ideal for fertilization. Most women who are prescribed Clomid take one pill for five days, when their doctor advises. Once the five day pill cycle is complete, an injection of hCG is usually administered to alert your ovaries to start ovulation. Ovulation can occur within 36 to 40 hours following the injection. IUI will then be scheduled based on this timeline. Many couples opt to combine IUI with fertility drugs to increase their chances of conception.
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