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IUI Treatment, or intrauterine insemination, is a relatively simple first line Infertility treatment. It involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperms from sluggish or nonmoving sperms. Then these washed sperms with the help of small tube are placed directly into the uterus close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary.
The rationale is expose more oocytes to more sperms near the site of fertilization and make chances of pregnancy better. This is a minor, painless procedure of 5-7 minutes. It is also cost friendly treatment for patients, and can be repeated 3-4 times.
IUI is carried out near the time of ovulation, which is detected by Either doing TVS ultrasound or by ovulation kit. The sperm will be inseminated just before or after rupture of the follicle (ovulation).
The whole process takes just a few minutes and is usually painless but some women may experience menstruation – like cramps. Following the procedure, rest for 15 – 20 minutes is recommended before going home.
The success rates of IUI is dependent on the woman’s age at time of treatment. The clinical pregnancy rate in women aged 36 or less is between 12-15% per treatment cycle.