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Top 8 IUI Process Questions Answered By The Best IVF Doctor

Top 8 IUI Process Questions Answered By The Best IVF Doctor

Are you trying to conceive? Are you planning to opt for an IUI? Thanks to the development of medical technology, the advances allow couples suffering from various conditions that prevent natural conception, conception with the help of certain procedures. IUI or Intra Uterine Insemination is one of the best ways to help couples conceive before moving on to procedures such as IVF. As a rather simple procedure, it takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you are someone who is considering IVF, then continue reading this article where an expert answers the top frequently asked questions about the procedure!

Top 8 IUI FAQs

1. What is IUI?

IUI is a simple procedure in which washed sperms are placed into the uterine cavity for the treatment of infertility.

The rationale of doing IUI is to increase the rate of conception by increasing the chance that the maximum number of healthy sperm reaches the site of fertilization

2. So, who all can benefit from IUI?

Those who have a problem of:

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Vaginismus

  • HIV serodiscordant couple

  • Unexplained infertility

  • Mild-to-moderate male factor

  • Minimal to mild endometriosis

  • Anovulatory infertility

  • Unilateral tubal disease

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3. How effective is IUI?

The success rates in IUI cycles have grown from 5% to >20% per cycle with advances in stimulation protocols, cycle monitoring, the timing of ovulation, semen preparation methods, and luteal phase support.

4. The time between Semen collection and processing?

Semen processing should be done within 30 minutes of ejaculation and IUI within 1–2 hours of semen processing to get the best results in terms of clinical pregnancy.

5. How is Semen Preparation Done?

The most popular methods are simple to wash and centrifugation, double density gradient, or swim up followed by re-suspension in suitable culture media

The choice of semen preparation method should be decided based on the quality of the native sample by your Doctor and the Andrologist.

6. How do we do an IUI and when should it be done?

It is performed by introducing a 0.3–0.5 ml sperm suspension into the uterus with a small catheter, usually without imaging guidance (sonography)

IUI should be done between 24 and 40 h after HCG (Trigger) injection.

7. Is there any benefit of doing a double IUI/ And how many IUI cycles should be done?

Double IUI is usually not recommended as it increases the cost and psychological burden to the couple without increasing the pregnancy rates.

In couples with an indication for IUI at least three consecutive IUI cycles should be performed. However, there is insufficient evidence to recommend a maximum number of IUI treatment cycles

8. Is bed rest required after an IUI?

Women undergoing IUI should have 10–15 min of bed rest after insemination. After that, all routine work can be resumed.

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About The Author

Dr. Anuja ChoudharyDr. Anuja Choudhary

Dr. Anuja Choudhary graduated from esteemed Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute & Hospital and then went on to complete her post graduation in OBGY. Post her MD She has worked in Indira Gandhi Govt Medical College and Hospital before completing a full academic fellowship in Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology at NOVA IVI Mumbai. She has also undergone training in the field of Reproductive Medicine under Dr Yu at Centre for Assisted Reproduction (CARE) at Singapore General Hospital, the biggest tertiary hospital in Singapore.

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