Prераrіng fоr Your IUI Prосеdurе

Prераrіng fоr Your IUI Prосеdurе

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Intrauterine fertilization, or IUI, is an alternative fertility treatment to in vitro fertilization or IVF. The IUI procedure is less invasive and may be more appropriate for some couples who don’t have multiple fertility issues. For example, if the only problem is getting the sperm to the right place then there is no need for the more invasive IVF procedure where the eggs are retrieved, fertilized, and then placed back into the uterus.  

Your fertility specialist will run a series of tests on both you and your partner before deciding on the proper course of fertility treatments for you. These tests will include blood work, ultrasounds, and examining a sperm sample from your spouse. Once they have determined why you have been having difficulty conceiving, they will let you know which options they think will work the best.  

If necessary, your fertility specialist may prescribe some medications for you to take prior to the intrauterine fertilization procedure. These medications help to stimulate follicle production, egg release, and ultimately ovulation. It is very important to know when you are ovulating so the intrauterine fertilization procedure can be done at the optimal time for conception. To determine when you are expected to ovulate, the specialist may use ultrasounds and blood tests.  

Your spouse will need to provide a semen sample prior to your procedure so that it can be properly prepared. Once the sample is ready, and you are due to ovulate, the specialist will use an ultrasound to guide a small catheter (a very thin tube) up through the vagina and cervix directly into the uterus. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and you may be required to rest at the fertility clinic for a short time after the procedure.  

After the procedure, you may feel some slight discomfort or mild cramping. Your fertility specialist will let you know what medications you can take if you are uncomfortable. You can go back to your normal life immediately following the procedure, although some women prefer to take it easy for a day or two. Some women feel that being a little less active for a couple of days following the procedure may increase their chances of success. There may be some spotting after the procedure is done and this is nothing to worry about at all.  

Discuss it with your fertility specialist first, but some couples like to have intercourse shortly after the procedure. There is nothing wrong with this as long as the specialist gives their okay. For some couples, they feel like maybe it is increasing their chances of getting pregnant, and for others it makes the whole process seem more “normal.”  

Intrauterine fertilization is just one of many fertility treatment options that you and your specialist can choose from. In cases where it is a viable option, many women choose intrauterine fertilization over some of the more invasive and expensive procedures that are available. Intrauterine fertilization has been showing very promising rates of success for the couples that choose it.  

  • Anna Kingston

    June 7, 2017

    This was a very informative article. I actually did not know much about the IUI method, so this helped me to understand more about this process. Great article!

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