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    What is usually the Success rates for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a comparatively low cost treatment meant for treating infertility in males and females. Success rate of IUI is dependent on a number of factors that can impact the outcome of the treatment like the lady’s age, the duration of time the couple is trying for a baby, and the cause of infertility. It can be concluded that the overall success rate of IUI can come in between 10% and 15% per attempt along with medication. The chances of success in an IUI cycle can increase with the number of attempts and this can go up till about 3 to 4 attempts but after the 4th attempt, the chances cannot be expected to grow any further. IUI works best if the duration of fertility is equal to or less than 3 to 4 years. The age of the woman undergoing the treatment is a deciding factor, if she is relatively of a younger age that is less than 34 years then the chances of success tend to increase. For women with PCOS chances are as high as 20% to 25%. IUI success rate can go up to 25% for those using donor sperm. IUI success might not be very good with cases of endometriosis, unknown or male factor infertility.

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    Overview of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination is an ART technique used to help a woman conceive. IUI can be done in cases of male fertility, in absence of a male partner. During IUI, a woman may receive trigger shots (fertility medication) to release more than one egg. Sperms are washed which means that they are separated from the seminal fluid to clear debris and other male hormones that can cause cramping in uterus. In case, the male partner is infertile (sterile) previously washed donor sperms are used in the process. The doctor monitors the ovaries for ovulation to make sure the egg is present at the time of insemination. During the procedure, the woman lies down on an examination table. A speculum is inserted into vagina and then a catheter attached to a syringe filled with washed sperms, is inserted into the vagina and it releases the sperms once it gets inside uterus through cervix. The woman may continue to lie on her back for about ten minutes.

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    Who is the Candidate for IUI

    IUI or Intrauterine Insemination is a noninvasive and low cost technique for treating infertility. IUI can be done with either induced ovulation with the help of trigger injections or through natural cycle yet it is seen that when done with trigger shots, IUI gives better results. IUI is a suitable treatment option for male candidates suffering from any kind of physical, anatomical or psychological problem that may keep him from having sexual intercourse. Health conditions like spinal cord injury, paralysis, erectile dysfunction or hypospadias are some of the problems that can be listed as those being detrimental for male fertility. Similarly health conditions in women that cause pain during sexual intercourse or vaginal contractions can prove to be a hindrance during the process. These problems that affect psychological or anatomical health of a female partner like vaginismus or severe/mild endometriosis, mild PCO may affect her fertility hence IUI is a viable solution for such patients. Couples who do not stay together for various reasons like work commitments or other personal reasons cannot come together timely for intercourse. They can avail benefits of IUI treatment which gives highly successful results in such case scenarios.

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