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Do’s and Don'ts after IUI to Ensure Successful Pregnancy

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After the IUI procedure is complete you should take rest, eat a healthy diet, stay positive, do moderate exercise and make frequent visits to the doctor. You should avoid stress, sex, and exposure to harmful substances. Staying healthy and taking good rest can definitely help in increasing IUI success rate.

Sometimes, if a male partner is not able to fertilize the egg due to low sperm count and decreased motility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment is performed. In this treatment, the sperm of the male partner is artificially put inside the woman's uterus at the time of ovulation to assist in fertilization. The sperm is directly injected into the fallopian tubes with the help of devices to increase the chances of fertilization. This may take several, tests and trials before the woman can get pregnant. However, this is not the hardest part. The hardest part of being artificially fertilized is that you have to take multiple precautions and safety measures to expect pregnancy symptoms after IUI.

When doing IUI treatment, the couple must visit the doctor every month for regular procedures. The success rate also depends on the age of the female, the use of drugs and also the reason for infertility. IUI is much simpler, less expensive and has lower success rate as compared to IVF, but with correct precautionary measures, success rate can be increased up to 40%. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), on the other hand, has a much higher rate of success and it is performed when IUI cycles have failed several times. In some cases of infertility, surrogacy procedure is also conducted, which involves an agreement where a surrogate carries a child for a couple. People go for surrogacy when all the other options fail.

After Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), it is necessary for the women to take recommended diet and other precautionary measures to maximize the chances of falling pregnant. Here are the things you should do after undergoing IUI treatment:

1. Take Rest:

After sperms are deposited in the uterus, the patient is made to rest for several minutes. Even after her discharge from the clinic, the first thing that should be considered to do is to take complete rest for a few days, to avoid discomfort. You need to restrict traveling or doing any household work. If you feel any kind of discomfort or anxiety, you should immediately take rest.

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2. Eat Healthy Diet:

The doctors will recommend you to take a healthy and balanced diet after the IUI treatment is complete, as you should stay fit and healthy to encourage fertilization. This will fulfill all the necessary nutrition required for IUI success. You should also eat food, which is rich in Vitamin D as it improves the chances of getting pregnant.

3. Stay Positive:

You should stay positive and patience at all times as anxiety and stress may cause the IUI treatment to fail. You should stay mentally fit as some internal functions and release of hormones also depend upon your mental health. Being actively involved in some productive work may also help in avoiding negative thoughts.

4. Do Light Exercise:

You can start doing light exercises after some days of insemination as it improves the blood flow to the uterus and other reproductive organs. Stretching and doing yoga is recommended after taking a few days of rest.

5. Visit the Doctor:

The doctor may need to examine your hormone levels and the possibility of getting pregnant so that they can assist in providing hormonal support and improve the IUI success rate. The best thing to do is to visit the doctor after a week of insemination. Moreover, they will also guide you on how to confirm pregnancy after IUI.

6. Take Prescribed Medicines:

The doctor may prescribe some medicines to increase the chances of fertilization. It could be oral or sometimes it could be a medicine that needs to be inserted through the vagina. You should always follow the instructions of the doctor and take the medication according to it.

You should always follow the above-mentioned procedures recommended by the doctor and avoid the things that are listed below:

1. Don’t Take Pain Relief Medicines:

Cramps and pain after the IUI procedure is quite common but you should completely avoid taking painkillers or should consult your doctor before taking it. It may lower the chances of IUI success.

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2. Do Not Take Stress:

Taking stress is the worst thing to do after IUI treatment as it may impact the balance of hormones in the body thereby affecting the possibility of pregnancy. Do not worry too much about IUI failure in the first try itself as there are also some couples who have conceived after 14 trials. 

3. Avoid Sex:

Even if there are no restrictions on sex, you may be recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for 48 hours after insemination as avoiding sex can aid a positive outcome. 

4. Do Not Do Heavy Lifting:

One of the most important things to avoid is heavy lifting as it may cause cramps and sometimes damage the lining of the uterus. 

5. Avoid Swimming:

Swimming has no direct relationship with the success of IUI treatment but should at least be avoided for 48 hours after insemination. Pool water has high chances of causing infections and should be avoided under all circumstances. 

6. Don’t Expose Yourself to Harmful Radiation:

Work hazards and exposure to harmful radiations should be avoided at any cost. Handling chemicals and high radiation machines should be completely avoided after IUI. It is suggested to keep away from any form of radiation even after pregnancy. Exposure to heat or direct sunlight for long periods can also decrease the chances of falling pregnant. 

7. Do Not Smoke or Drink:

Smoking, drinking or drug abuse is sure to cause complications in fertility and conception. It should be totally avoided even after conceiving as it may cause deformity or abnormal growth of fetus.


Q. What are the foods to avoid or eat after IUI?

A. You should always have a healthy diet full of natural fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients and vitamins. Fruits like Brazil nuts, Goji berries, Omega-rich foods, Leafy green vegetables; Olives, Avocado and Eggs are considered the best diet after IUI. Include quinoa, brown rice and other complex carbohydrates. You should also avoid processed food and consider eating fresh home cooked foods. Fish should be avoided as it may contain some traces of mercury.

Q. Is bed rest necessary after IUI?

A. It has been proven that a couple of days of bed rest is necessary as it improves the chances of IUI pregnancy. The patient may also feel stressed and uncomfortable immediately after the treatment so bed rest is recommended to every IUI patient. 

Q. What is the best position to sleep after IUI?

A. Immediately after IUI treatment, the doctor will tell you to lie on your back for 10 to 20 minutes. You can follow the same position while you sleep as it increases the chances of fertilization by up to 50 percent.

If you are a recent IUI patient, you should definitely follow the above Do’s and Don’ts to increase the chances of fertilization. However, there are other factors in play as well to ensure a successful IUI pregnancy.

Here at Elawoman, as we facilitate you the best IUI, IVF and surrogacy doctors and hospitals to help you get the best treatments and increase your chances of becoming a parent. Know more on IUI success rate and other infertility treatments by calling at +917899912611.

Dr. R K Sharma

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Reproductive Endocrinologist, Hysteroscopic Surgeon Dr. R K Sharma

Dr. R K Sharma has completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Pune University in 1981 and 1989 respectively. Dr. R K Sharma is one of the pioneers in the field of IVF treatment in India. He specializes in IUI, IVF, Embryo transfer and Hysteroscopy procedures. He is also a member of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI). Dr. R K Sharma is presently practicing at Primus Super Specialty Hospital, Chanakyapuri, Delhi. To know more, visit


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Poonam Mirashi

Very helpful..

Oct. 6, 2018, 4:17 p.m. 5.0


Alex Diniz

Healthy sperms are the most important factor for a successful IVF procedure. Walnuts and berries can help in increasing sperm count.

Aug. 31, 2017, 5:39 p.m. 5.0


Muslimah Jannah

Good to know information for a lot of couples tend to miss certain things that can impact the results deeply.

Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m. 5.0


Laura Miller

Alcohols and cigarettes should be avoided for a high IUI success rate. It's better if one can quit them.

Aug. 31, 2017, 4:08 p.m. 4.5

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