Intrauterine insemination is a great option for some couples experiencing minor fertility issues. The best candidates for IUI are women under 40 years old. Men should have a decent sperm count, motility and morphology. For women over 40 and men with moderate to severe fertility problems, alternative procedures, such as in vitro fertilization, might be a more viable option.
There are many providers who offer intrauterine insemination. You will work closely with you intrauterine insemination specialist, probably for some time. It is important to find someone with whom you get along and also has good success rates. Some factors used to pick your specialist will depend on personal preference. You may want to find a provider in your area, or be willing to travel to find the best provider possible. Once you've decided whether or not you are willing to travel, there are a few more factors to consider to help narrow down your search.
Probably the most important factor to consider when selecting an IUI specialist is their success rate. The general success rate for intrauterine insemination is 15 to 20 percent. A good IUI specialist will have at least this rate. Success rates can usually be found on your fertility center's website. You can also ask the specialist you are considering.
Another important factor is patient satisfaction. Ask around to find others who have used that specialist in the past. A good place to look is online message boards. Some fertility centers have their own private message boards for their patients.
The final way to tell if a specialist is right for you is the face-to-face interview. Even success rates and recommendations will not make up for a specialist you do not get along with. When scheduling an interview, be sure to allow plenty of time to get to know one another. You IUI specialist should make you feel at ease, and answer all of your questions thoroughly.
Do not be afraid to ask for clarification when you do not understand something. You will be going through a lot, and your IUI specialist should be there to support you every step of the way. If you pick the right one, your experience will be easier and less stressful.