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Intrauterine Insemination May Help You Conceive

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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.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that includes placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to encourage preparation. The objective of IUI is to build the quantity of sperm that scopes the fallopian tubes and accordingly increment the shot of treatment. 

IUI gives the sperm favorable position by giving it a head begin, yet at the same time requires a sperm to reach and fertilize the egg all alone. It is a less intrusive and more affordable choice in comparison with in vitro fertilization.

When is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) used?

The most common reasons for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) are a low sperm count or decreased sperm mobility in men. IUI might be chosen as a fertility treatment for any of the following conditions also:

  • Unexplained infertility
  • Cervical mucus problem, including the hostile cervical condition
  • Cervical scar tissue from past procedures that may hinder the sperms’ ability to enter the uterus of a woman
  • Ejaculation dysfunction

For which patients Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is not recommended?

  • Women with moderate to severe endometriosis
  • Women who have severe disease of the fallopian tubes
  • Women with a history of pelvic infections

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How does Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) work? 

Before intrauterine insemination, ovulation-stimulating medications might be utilized, in which case cautious checking will be important to decide when the eggs are mature. The IUI method will then be performed around the best time of ovulation, most commonly around 24-36 hours after the surge in LH hormone that shows ovulation will happen as soon as possible.

A semen test will be washed by the lab to isolate the semen from the original liquid. A catheter will then be utilized to embed the sperm directly into the uterus. This procedure maximizes the number of sperm cells that are set in the uterus, therefore expanding the possibility of conception.

The IUI strategy takes just a couple of minutes and includes minimal discomfort. The following stride is to look for signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

What is the success rate of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

The success rate of IUI relies on few elements like if a couple has the IUI procedure performed each month, success rates may reach as high as 20% for every cycle contingent upon factors, for example, female age, the reason for infertility, and whether fertility drugs were used, among other variables.

While IUI is a less obtrusive and more affordable choice, pregnancy rates from IUI are lower than those of the IVF. In the event that you think you might be looking forward to IUI, converse with your doctor to talk about your choices. 

A few couples want to explore more traditional or over the counter efforts before exploring or heading towards the infertility procedures that are the big taboos in society. 

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What are the risks of IUI?

IUI have the minimal side effects like:

  • Most women experience little or no pain during IUI.
  • Some women may experience mild cramping with IUI.
  • Severe side effects, like infections, can occur but are very rare.

Fertility drugs may cause a number of IUI side effects like:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Nausea, headaches or visual disturbances
  • Swollen and painful ovaries
  • Pelvic discomfort, breast tenderness
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Swelling or a rash around the injection area

To know more about Medication and Monitoring process during IUI then please read our article on IUI Drugs and Monitoring. In case you are looking for IUI treatment for Male fertility Issues then refer our article on The Working of IUI.

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

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Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologic Surgeon Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

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


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Heera Dhanuka

It generally takes 6-12 days for fertilization after the IUI procedure. One can wait for 2 weeks to test the same as they would wait with the natural process.

Sept. 2, 2017, 5:14 p.m. 4.5


Shipra Thakral

Artificial Insemination can also help couples with same sex. They can also have the joy of cherishing parenthood.

Sept. 2, 2017, 5:13 p.m. 4.5


Sanjeela Sharma

A healthy sperm count is necessary for higher success rate of IUI treatment. It should be more than 40 million sperms per ejaculation.

Sept. 2, 2017, 4:56 p.m. 5.0

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