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What Do I Need to Know About IUI?

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, isn’t technically an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) because that designation is given to treatments where sperm and egg are handled outside the body – like in vitro fertilization (IVF). But IUI is a fertility treatment that many fertility doctors prescribe for trying to conceive.

Think IUI might be right for you? Here are some top facts about the process you should know:

  • IUI is often used as a first-line fertility treatment. With IUI, a fertility doctor injects sperm directly into your uterus around ovulation. Since it is not as complex as ART techniques, it is not as costly and is less invasive.
  • You may be prescribed fertility drugs for your IUI cycle. Fertility meds aren’t required with IUI, but your fertility doctor may prescribe fertility drugs like clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or gonadotropins (Follistim or Gonal-F to name a few) to help produce a larger number of healthy, viable eggs.
  • Many women are candidates for IUI. Your doctor may recommend you try intrauterine insemination if you have ovulation problems, unexplained infertility, or if you’ve experienced failed cycles with drugs like Clomid and Timed Intercourse. It may also be an option if your partner has mild male-factor infertility.
  • Success rates for IUI are promising. IUI success rates depend on many factors, like fertility meds used, age of the woman, and type of infertility diagnosis. But according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), IUI success rates can be as high as 20 percent per cycle, if cycles are performed monthly with fresh or frozen sperm.

Unsure whether IUI is right for you? The best way to determine if you may benefit from this fertility treatment is by talking to a fertility doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, our Patient Care Advocates can help match you up with one. Give one of us a call at 855-955-BABY!

Want to learn more about the success rates of IUI and IVF? Check out this video where Dr. Simon Kipersztok, a fertility doctor with Shady Grove Fertility Center discusses fertility treatment success rates with IUI and IVF:

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