Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which sperm is directly injected into the uterine cavity to align the injection with the peak of ovulation. Sometimes this is done following hormonal treatment which helps stimulate the ovaries to mature more than one egg. Though IUI is a relatively simple procedure from the patient’s perspective, it does require precise timing, preparation, and follow-up care to achieve success. Working with fertility specialists, like ReproMed in Toronto, patients will receive a customized approach to their treatment cycles. Patient specific plans help to increase ones chances of success considering the following factors:
Appropriately timing IUI is critical to success. In cycles involving fertility medications, regular monitoring is required to identify that ideal time for insemination. This consist of blood work to monitor hormones, ultrasound to monitor follicle size, and endometrial thickness, and consultation with nursing staff to review findings. In some cases, patients may opt for double inseminations which take place 24 hours apart.
Though you will be working closely with the Nursing team, your doctor will be carefully reviewing your chart after each visit. Should the Fertility Specialist suggest a change to the protocol based on the findings, the Nursing team will relay this information to you. It is important to be in a positive frame of mind leading up to and after the procedure. Try to avoid strenuous exercise, and get lots of rest and relaxation for the days following your insemination.
Age is a factor in any fertility procedure, including IUI. Those of advanced maternal age may wish to only undergo 3 cycles of IUI before moving on to advanced treatments like IVF. For patients under the age of 35, they may wish to try multiple round of IUI if they are not successful in the first attempt.
IUI success is not limited to female factors. After a proper semen analysis, and medical clearance to proceed to IUI, sperm will be washed and prepared in an
Andrology lab before the procedure. The specimen is typically prepared 90 minutes before the actual insemination. It will be important to coordinate with your partner or sperm donor. In addition, the best samples are provided with 3 to 5 days of abstinence.
To learn more about IUI and other options for reproductive care, visit ReproMed for a consultation. Our doctors will spend time talking with you and your partner to determine your unique needs and goals. Call us at (972) 494-5438 to schedule a consultation.