Book an Appointment
+91-7899912611
intrauterine insemination (iui)

Is IUI Painful?

  • 4.8 (2 Votes)
  • 114476 views

IUI (intra uterine procedure) is a fertility procedure, which involves the insertion of sperms into the uterus to fertilize the eggs. IUI treatments are not painful as all. But it may lead to mild abdominal cramps or discomfort during the procedure. If IUI is medicine assisted, then one may experience side effects of fertility drugs such as nausea or vomiting.

IUI procedure is one of the commonly utilized procedures for conceiving a baby with the help of fertility treatments. IUI (intra uterine insemination) treatment procedure involves a series of steps, which need to be followed to achieve the desired results. IUI treatment is not painful, but sometimes it can be discomforting in terms of abdominal cramps and nausea. One may also experience side effects of fertility drugs taken during the procedure. In this article, you will understand about various aspects of IUI treatment along with the pain associated with it.

Who requires IUI treatment?

IUI treatment is recommended for a couple in cases of the following conditions:

  • Low sperm count or sperm motility (movement) of the male partner is the prime reason for undergoing IUI treatment.
  • Presence of cervical mucus complications in women also hinders the natural smooth motility of sperms to the eggs for fertilization.
  • IUI treatment is also preferred in cases when the couples have a low budget for fertility treatments.
  • Also, when a couple experiences unexplained infertility, then IUI is always the first treatment recommended.

What are the steps of IUI treatment?

1- Usage of medications

Consumption of medications is quite common in case of IUI procedures. One of the most common medications utilized is Clomid. It is responsible for releasing the pituitary gland hormones. These hormones thereby lead to the release of Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH). These hormones help in the maturation of egg along with the release of egg.

Usage of medications

hCG (Human chorionic Gonadotropin) is also injected into the patient to induce ovulation in female partners for a successful pregnancy. Taking medicines does not cause pain, but it may have some side effects including nausea, dizziness and vision.

2- Monitoring of ovulation

Ovulation monitoring is essential in every fertility treatment. This can be done easily with the help of home ovulation predictor kits. The urine of the woman is tested for the presence or increase of luteinizing hormone. If an ovulation kit indicates positive, then ovulation will take place in next 2-3 days. This helps in planning the sperm injection process into the uterus. Monitoring is done with the help of ultrasounds and blood tests but this process is not painful.

3- Preparing sperm for injecting into the female partner

Semen of the male partner consists of sperm. The sperm is separated from the semen with the help of “washing” step in the laboratory. After sperm washing procedure, sperms are ready to be used for fertilization procedure. It is made sure that only sperms are injected for successful fertilization and formation of an embryo. If semen gets injected unknowingly, then it can cause infections to the female partner.

4- Main performing step (Injecting Sperms into Uterus)

The gynecologist asks the patient to lie down on the table in lithotomy position (knees flexed and thighs apart). Then, the doctor takes the sperm sample and injects it into uterus of the female. This is done with the help of an instrument known as speculum. This main step takes around 5-10 minutes. The instrument is inserted through the vagina, passing through the cervix into the uterus for fertilizing the egg. This step is not painful but it can cause discomfort to some women.

5- Pregnancy test

After 2 weeks of injecting sperms into the uterus, a pregnancy test is done. This helps in determining whether the procedure is successful or not. In case of negative results, the pregnancy test is performed again.

Pregnancy test

Still, if the pregnancy does not occur, the gynecologist will recommend you to undergo the IUI procedure again. You can discuss regarding this with your concerned gynecologist.

Also, don’t miss to read an article on the things to do after IUI to come up with the best results.

Pain associated with IUI treatment

While opting for medical treatments, most of the women think regarding pain and discomfort associated with the respective treatment. It is always recommended that before opting or starting with a medical treatment, you must discuss it with your doctor regarding the negative consequences of a procedure. Only then, you should proceed with the respective medical treatment.

Views of patients on IUI treatment pain

In general, the IUI treatment is pain-free, but every patient has different experiences. Some of the patients feel real pain at the time of procedure. On the other hand, some patients just feel discomfort during and after IUI treatment.

Experiences of pain concerning IUI treatment vary to a great extent. Most of the patients who undergo IUI treatment for the first time feel extreme discomfort when the catheter carrying the sperms is passed through the vagina and cervix. Many individuals did not have any kind of pain in the first IUI procedure. In the next ones, they felt pain in their cervix.The insertion of catheter or tube into the cervix causes disturbance to several women. At times, it might feel a minor one but at other times, it can beunbearable for some women.

Some patients also felt hot flashes due to the consumption of clomid medicine. There are certain patients who felt that the speculum inserted into the vagina and cervix caused varied pain in the respective parts of the reproductive system. When the doctor injects the injections during IUI treatment, pinching pain is caused to the women. If this does not subside, you need to talk to your doctor.

There are patients who found ways to distract themselves with the disturbing itching and pain at the time of IUI treatment. Some kept their jaws loose and some women kept moving their toes to distract themselves from the ongoing IUI process. Many patients found their methods to combat the stress and pain linked with the different steps of IUI treatment.

Individuals who had undergone multiple IUI procedures revealed that their pain and discomfort varied depending upon the experience of infertility specialist or gynecologist. Therefore, most of them preferred to opt for highly experienced infertility specialist to avoid excessive pain or discomfort during the treatment.

Opinions of doctors on pain during and after IUI treatment

Most doctors provide the opinion that IUI treatment does not involve pain during the procedure. There is a certain amount of discomfort, which is quite common with the woman undergoing IUI treatment. This discomfort is often compared to the pain faced at the time of Pap smear test (microscopic examination of cells taken from uterine cervix) to find out the abnormal cells in the cervix. Cramping and light bleeding are quite common in patients who have recently undergone IUI treatment. This is usually felt after 24-48 hours of the completion of IUI procedure. Some women can also suffer from uterine and nearby infections. The pain in IUI treatment and infections are correlated to each other. Infection after the completion of procedure leads to discomfort and irritation to the patients. These negative effects can persist till the respective infection is treated well. So, it is highly recommended to report to your doctor if you feel some kind of discomfort and irritation. Hyper ovulation syndrome is quite commonly seen in the patients who undergo IUI treatment. This is not a direct side effect of IUI treatment. But it is a negative consequence of the medications, which are consumed before the commencement of IUI procedure.

So, we can say that every treatment has its pros and cons. But, obviously the fact is that, IUI has helped many childless couples to conceive. Apart from IUI, you can also learn about other fertility treatments such as IVF and ICSI. If you are facing any fertility issues, then call at +917899912611 for assistance.

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

About The Author

Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologic Surgeon Dr. Srilatha Gorthi
Hyderabad

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi is an infertility specialist and laparoscopy surgeon located in Hyderabad. Her area of expertise lies in the field of Gynae diseases and conditions, and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She provides a number of services that comprise of In vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), ICSI, TESA, MESA, Gynae Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, treatment of Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Polyps and so on. Dr. Srilatha Gorthi practices at The Birthplace Hospital, Revive Multi Specialty Clinics and Fertility Centre, and The Birthplace Clinic and has a rich experience of more than 18 years. Dr. Gorthi has won 9 Gold Medals in MBBS.She is a reputed member of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), European society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and British Medical Association, UK, and British Fertility Society. You can get her information at www.elawoman.com

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

  1. How to increase sperm count - causes and treatments sperm count, Elawoman - 2017
  2. What is sperm motility? sperm motility, Elawoman - 2017
  3. About unexplained infertility and its treatment unexplained infertility, Elawoman - 2017
  4. How to track ovulation with irregular period cycle ovulation, Elawoman - 2017
  5. First symptoms of pregnancy you need to understand nausea, Elawoman - 2017
  6. Sign and symptoms of ovulation Ovulation monitoring, Elawoman - 2017
  7. What are the functions of uterus? uterus, Elawoman - 2017
  8. Dos and don'ts after iui to ensure successful pregnancy things to do after IUI, Elawoman - 2017
  9. Is iui the best fertility treatment for you IUI procedure, Elawoman - 2017
  10. Drugs, monitoring, procedure for iui IUI treatment, Elawoman - 2017

2 Comments

user_img

Heena Khan

I don't think it was a painful IUI that I had. If we talk about pain then even hysteroscopy causes pain. So it's just ok to tolerate little pain in something as important as this.

June 5, 2018, 11:43 a.m. 5.0

user_img

Pranav Kumar

I was worried and tensed that whether IUI treatment will be painful. But thankfully, the doctor was much experienced and it turned out to be a good experience for me.

May 24, 2018, 3:14 p.m. 4.5

Leave a Comment

Rating

Disclaimer

The information displayed on this webpage covers general information on several medical conditions, fertility treatments, IVF ICSI, surrogacy procedure, home remedies, and their respective treatments. The exclusive purpose of the displayed information is for the sake of general understanding and it has been collected from open sources which heavily rely on research and laboratory tests. However, the information shared here should not be considered as a medical advice or an alternative to consultation with a registered medical practitioner or licensed healthcare professional.

It is not advised to self-diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease following the information given in this article. We insist you to consult a registered practitioner and never try to replace their advice or discontinue treatment in between by relying solely on the information obtained. External links to different websites as well as videos given on the website serve the purpose of sharing knowledge only. Ela being an Independent Medical Information platform is neither responsible nor guarantees the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of these videos and websites in any way. We do not intend the information displayed here to be used for a medical emergency, if you seek medical attention for yourself (or any other person with whom you want to share the information with), we advise you to directly get in touch with the hospital or the doctor.

Related Article view all

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination May Help You Conceive
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi 4.7 (3 Votes)

Intrauterine Insemination May Help You Conceive

Artificial Insemination IUI is a fertility treatment also called iui treatment or iui procedure that includes placing sperm inside a woman uterus and fertilize egg.

Read More

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Sperm Donor IUI
Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Dr. Sunil Eshwar 4.8 (2 Votes)

Sperm Donor IUI

IUI with donated Sperm is an ART (Assisted Reproductive Technique) treatment in which the donor sperm is utilized for a successful intra uterine insemination procedure. Sperm Donor IUI ensures that a woman with either infertile male partner or without a male partner is able to conceive using Sperm donated from some other healthy male.

Read More

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Best IUI Doctors in Lucknow
Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal
Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal 4.8 (2 Votes)

Best IUI Doctors in Lucknow

Find here the list of best IUI doctors in Lucknow with their complete information including their ratings, success rates, treatment costs and location details. Dr. Archana Kanodia and Dr. Saraswati Patel are among the most reputed IUI doctors in Lucknow.

Read More

More From Author

Birth Control
Types of Emergency Contraceptive Pills
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi 4.7 (8 Votes)

Types of Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Emergency contraceptive pills are same as oral contraceptive pills ...

Read More

Birth Control
Secret Ways To Use Birth Control Methods
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi 4.8 (7 Votes)

Secret Ways To Use Birth Control Methods

Birth control is an important aspect today. Here is how you can use...

Read More

Birth Control
How To Use IUD As An Emergency Contraception
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi 4.7 (7 Votes)

How To Use IUD As An Emergency Contraception

Did you know you could use IUD as an emergency contraception. Here ...

Read More

Trending Articles

surrogacy
surrogacy

5 Best Surrogacy Doctors in India

Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.

Read More 4.5 (1 Votes)

IVF
ivf

Best IVF Doctors in India with Highest Success Rates

Find here the list of best IVF doctors in India on the basis of Ratings, Success Rate, Services offered, IVF cost packages and available Facilities. Dr. Nisha Bhatnagar, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee and Dr. Anjali A Deval top the list of such IVF doctors in India due to their unique pricing system, popularity and high success rate.

Read More 4.7 (3 Votes)

surrogacy
surrogacy

Top Surrogacy Centres in India with Highest Success Rates

In this article we bring you the best Surrogacy Centers and clinics in India with Review Ratings, Cost Estimates, and Surrogacy Success Rate to help you make the best choice. Aveya IVF and Surrogacy Centre and Advanced Fertility and Surrogacy Centre tops the list of such surrogacy centres in India due to their low treatment costs, popularity and high success rates.

Read More 4.8 (2 Votes)