Intrauterine Insemination, or IUI, is a common fertility treatment that aims to increase chances of a successful pregnancy. IUI is an excellent option for couples having trouble getting pregnant who want to avoid more extensive fertility treatments such as IVF. IUI is also cost-effective, making it an attractive option for prospective parents. Learn everything you need to know about IUI in South Jersey below.
Intrauterine Insemination: Initial Steps
Intrauterine Insemination is a fertility treatment that involves directly injecting sperm into the woman’s uterus to increase the chances of the eggs being fertilized. The first step of IUI is making an appointment with a fertility specialist. They will ensure that IUI is an treatment option for you.
Next, sperm must be collected from either the recipient’s partner or a frozen specimen can be delivered from a sperm bank. The sperm that is collected is processed in a lab so that the highest concentration can be prepared for injection into the recipient. A frozen specimen would be thawed and prepared for insemination. The recipient’s cycle will be tracked carefully by a fertility specialist to pinpoint the exact optimal time for injection. In most cases, a medication to induce ovulation is prescribed medication to help better time the IUI.
The IUI Procedure
On the day your fertility specialist has determined will be the best point in the ovulation cycle for implantation, your IUI procedure will take place. The IUI procedure can take place at a fertility specialist’s office and the entire procedure takes under 15 minutes.
Your doctor will place a very thin catheter through the cervix and into the uterus. A small syringe containing the washed and concentrated sperm will be inserted into the catheter and go directly into the uterus.
What Happens After IUI?
After the actual procedure, most women experience mild symptoms such as minor cramping. After two weeks from the Intrauterine Insemination, a blood test will be drawn to confirm pregnancy. During this time period following the procedure, it is important to refrain from strenuous exercise and allow yourself to rest and relax.
Is IUI Right for You?
If you think IUI might be the next right step for you, contact a fertility specialist to learn more. After your initial consultation, a fertility specialist will order testing to evaluate your partner’s sperm and to ensure that the fallopian tubes are opened without blockage. If IUI is unsuccessful or not an option for you, there are other infertility treatments to look into and discuss with your doctor.
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IUI in South Jersey
At South Jersey Fertility Center, we are proud to offer IUI services, as well as a number of other fertility treatment options. We will work with you to determine which path is right for you, and provide care and support every step of the way. Please contact us today at one of our four locations in South Jersey to learn more about IUI and everything we have to offer.