Intro to IUI
Many young women find that egg donation is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience that can change and help an aspiring family come one step closer to achieving their dreams while receiving additional compensation for their contribution.
Leading up to the IUI Procedure
The recipient will have a pelvic exam to ensure their fallopian tubes are open and functioning and an ultrasound to assess ovarian reserve (their number of eggs remaining) and to time the insemination around her ovulation period.
Blood tests may also help determine suitability and the best time to perform the procedure.
To be a suitable candidate for IUI, there are requirements around the quality of the sperm to be used, which can be evaluated using a Sperm Count or Semen Analysis. Typically 1 million motile sperm was considered the minimum amount of sperm needed for an adequate IUI. Males with much lower sperm count would be unlikely to benefit from IUI and would be a better fit for IVF.
The IUI Procedure
A semen sample is collected, which will be washed and prepared for insertion. Washing removes compounds that can cause cramping or other reactions. A speculum is inserted to visualize the cervix, and a catheter will then be passed through the cervix into the uterus. The sperm is then injected through the catheter and into the uterus.
Risks and Side Effects
The procedure is generally well tolerated with minimal discomfort, though there may be some cramping from the insertion of the catheter. In some cases, medication may be used to stimulate ovulation in advance of the procedure, which can increase the chances of success but also carry added costs and certain risks.
Ideal candidates for IUI
While not appropriate for all, IUI can be an effective and affordable treatment option for certain types of patients. Specifically, single females or lesbian couples, heterosexual couples with some types of cervical or male-factor fertility issues, or couples seeking a less-intensive approach to conception prior to attempting other forms of assisted reproductive technology like IVF.
Pregnancy Rates with IUI
The success rate of IUI varies widely among different studies. Generally speaking, IUI pregnancy rate depends on age of the patient (age <40, 10-15% per cycle, age >40, 5-10%), sperm quality (Kruger morphology>4% had 15-20% pregnancy rate, Kruger morphology <4% had 5-10% pregnancy rate)...
Timing with IUI
IUI must be timed with ovulation and ovulation can take place spontaneously after LH surge or can be induced with trigger shot. If one receives the trigger shot, IUI is typically performed within 12-24 hours. If a spontaneous LH surge is detected, the IUI will typically be performed the next day.
Am I a good candidate for IUI?
To determine your fit for IUI, we’ll need to better understand your unique patient case. To learn more, schedule a Complimentary Consultation (CC) or Fertility Evaluation (FE) with the providers at Life IVF Center!
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