Is Intrauterine Insemination Right for You?

Infertility is problematic and frustrating for a lot of couples or individuals who are experiencing it in Irvine, California and in other parts of the country. It leads to stress for some, which may further inhibit fertility and make getting pregnant—either by natural means or assisted means—more difficult. Intrauterine insemination (IUI), commonly known as artificial insemination, is one of the most common and well-known procedures that has helped many around the world overcome infertility and successfully get pregnant. 

IUI involves the direct injection of a washed sperm sample into the uterus where the mature egg may be fertilized. The procedure is performed a day after an egg is released by an ovary. The sperm may swim into the fallopian tube, where fertilization may occur. The resulting embryo may then make its way into the uterus where it may implant in the uterine lining and develop. Some women take fertility medication to stimulate ovulation, while others coordinate the procedure with their normal menstrual cycle. To determine which is best for them, women should consult with an Irvine fertility specialist.

Candidates for IUI include those who are suffering from mild male factor infertility as well as cervical factor infertility. Those who have an allergy to semen may be considered a good candidate for this procedure as well, as the semen sample is washed to remove the semen proteins to prevent an allergic reaction. Those who have unexplained infertility are also considered candidates, as well as women who are using donor sperm. 

Risks involved with IUI include infection from the procedure, minor cramping following the procedure, and multiple pregnancies—especially when fertility medication is used to stimulate ovulation. When fertility drugs are used, side effects from the medications may be present as well. It is important that women discuss these potential side effects with an Irvine fertility specialist prior to receiving treatment.

Many choose intrauterine insemination as a first treatment option before turning to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other more expensive treatments. IUI runs around $300 to $800 depending on the geographic location and on the clinic, as well as other factors. A cycle of IVF may run between $10,000 and $15,000 depending on various factors as well. Not surprisingly, many couples first try their luck with IUI a few times before taking the plunge into more expensive treatment options. Of course, the success rate with IVF is higher than that of IUI.

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