Couples who feel that they are not quite ready to go down the IVF route, but would like a little help to encourage the chance of a pregnancy, may find intrauterine insemination a more comfortable option in the first instance.
Intrauterine insemination is a form of artificial insemination, timed to coincide with when your partner ovulates. It is a simple procedure and involves placing washed, motile sperm through the cervix directly into the womb, thus by-passing the vagina and cervical canal altogether. In other words, placing them as near as possible to the egg.
IUI may be helpful if you and your partner have unexplained infertility. It may also help if you suffer from premature ejaculation or impotence, have anatomical problems or if you are experiencing psychological distress.
You must have reasonably good semen parameters and your partner’s tubes must not be blocked for this treatment to be effective
How successful is IUI?
- some studies have shown that compared with timed intercourse alone, IUI with ovulation induction significantly improves your fertility, whereas other studies show no difference
- in general, the chance of a pregnancy with IUI and ovulation induction is about 10%-20% per treatment cycle.
- the vast majority of pregnancies will occur during the first three treatment cycles.
- pregnancy rates are dependent on your age if you are a woman. There is a clear decline in fertility and overall pregnancy rates with increasing age, particularly after 35 years
- pregnancy rates are dependent on the cause of your infertility. IUI is more successful if you have unexplained infertility or you do not ovulate regularly than if there is male factor related infertility.
If you would like to talk us about this treatment, please feel free to contact us.