IUI treatment – How it works
Going through fertility treatment on your way to creating a family is completely normal. If you are one of the many people who need a little help on your way to become parent(s), the first step is to investigate your options. There are various fertility treatments to choose from, but not everyone is a candidate for all treatments. One of the simplest treatments available is IUI treatment. Here, you can explore what IUI treatment is, who it may be relevant for and what the success rate is.
What is IUI treatment?
IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination. During the treatment, the doctor injects sperm from a thin tube directly into the woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation. This allows the sperm cells to get close to the egg, which increases the chance of a sperm cell fertilizing the egg. The procedure is performed at a fertility clinic and is both quick and nearly pain-free.
IUI treatment can be done with your partner sperm or donor sperm. If your partner’s sperm is used, this is often referred to as IUI-H. IUI treatment with donor sperm is also known as IUI-D.
This fertility treatment is very popular because it is a relatively simple procedure. However, not everybody is a candidate for IUI.
When is IUI treatment an option?
Both heterosexual couples, lesbian couples and single mothers-to-be can have IUI fertility treatment when trying to have a baby. Of course, this depends on the legislation in your country of treatment.
IUI-H (IUI with sperm from a partner) can be used in cases where the man has slightly reduced sperm quality or the woman has irregular ovulation.
IUI-D (IUI with donor sperm) is often used in cases where a male partner has very low sperm quality or where there are no sperm cells produced. IUI treatment with donor sperm is also the choice for many lesbian couples and single mothers by choice to-be.
Before deciding on any fertility treatment, you should always consult with a doctor who can help you determine which treatment gives you the best chances of pregnancy. If IUI is not a suitable treatment for you, the next treatment to look into could be IVF. Read more about IVF treatment here.
What is the success rate of IUI treatment?
According to HFEA, the success rate is approximately 18 % per cycle for women under 35, and this number declines with age. However, the success rate is highly dependent on various factors. For example the woman’s age, the clinic that performs the procedure, if fertility drugs have been used and what the reason for infertility is. Therefore, as previously mentioned, you should always consult with your doctor to know your chances of success having IUI. The chances of becoming pregnant are different in each case.
If you are dealing with infertility, you mustn’t panic. There are various options for you. So stay calm and consult with your doctor to find out what options you have. Then ask yourself what feels right for you.
If you want to get in contact with other women in the same situation as you, you are welcome to join the closed Facebook group Family Dreams. Here you can talk to other women and couples who are going through fertility treatment with donor sperm.