How to make IUI treatment successful?
- Mediworld Fertility
- Apr 29, 2021
Conceiving and childbirth are natural processes of the human body and bring immense joy and happiness to the expecting parents. But a lot of couples suffer from infertility and are unable to conceive their own baby naturally. This situation is very disheartening for both the couple and their families.
But with the advent of science and technology, many such couples are now able to have children of their own by using techniques like IVF (In-vitro Fertilisation), IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), etc. All these recent technologies are a boon to all the couples who suffer from infertility.
It is extremely important for the couple, especially the female, to cooperate fully during the procedure and take advisable precautions to improve the success rates and get the best results.
In this article, we will discuss IUI treatment procedures and various IUI success tips that are keys to a successful IUI treatment.
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1. Which Factors affect the IUI Success Rate?
Intrauterine Insemination is the procedure where the selected sperms are introduced inside the uterus of the female and the fertilization between the sperm and the eggs occurs inside the body of the female.
Just like any scientific procedure, IUI does not guarantee a 100% success rate. There are certain factors that affect the IUI success rates. To improve your chances of having a baby through IUI, it is initially important to know all the factors that can affect the procedure.
In this section, we will discuss the various factors that are keys to a successful IUI treatment.
- Female age
- Indication for IUI
- Type of medicines used for ovarian stimulation
- Kind of monitoring
- Semen preparation Technique
- The technique of IUI itself
The age of the female at the time of the procedure is probably the most important factor that determines the success rates. With increasing age, the quality of the eggs produced by females declines considerably. During IUI, since natural fertilization occurs inside the body of the female the quality of the eggs can not be determined prior to the procedure.
Thus, the success rates are the highest when the females are in their prime reproductive age group.
Indication for IUI
Before opting for the IUI procedure, the exact cause for infertility in the couple should be properly established. This is because, for the success of IUI, it is important that the female actually ovulates. Disorders that cause anovulation in females like PCOS, which is the most common cause of anovulation, will prevent the success of IUI till they are treated properly.
Also, it is important for the success of the procedure that the sperms introduced in the uterus of the female are not defective. Men suffering from mild sperm problems may benefit from the procedure but people who have severe sperm defects generally do not have good success rates with IUI.
Type of medicines used for ovarian stimulation
Most IUI procedures are coupled with ovulation stimulation procedures. Most commonly used medications for ovulation stimulation include letrozole (oral medicine) and gonadotropin which is injectable. The end results of IUI will depend on the kind of medication that is used during the procedure. Though both these medications have similar efficacy, letrozole has been shown to produce more singleton pregnancies.
Kind of monitoring
For the IUI technique to produce results, the timing of the procedure is very critical. The sperms should be introduced inside the uterus at the time of ovulation. Thus, careful monitoring for ovulation has to be done.
The results also depend on the type of ovulation monitoring that is done for you. There are different kinds like:
- Urine ovulation predictor kit
- Imaging method like a transvaginal ultrasound
Semen preparation Technique
For the success of the procedure, the quality of the sperms used is also very important. Both fresh and frozen sperm samples can be used for the procedure. Fresh samples are always better than frozen samples if they are available. Even for frozen samples, the semen preparation techniques are important determinants of IUI success rates.
The technique of IUI itself
There are 4 different types of IUI techniques that are commonly used:
- Intracervical Insemination
- Intrauterine Insemination
- Intrauterine Tuboperitoneal Insemination
- Intratubal Insemination
All these techniques have their own pros and cons and the success rates of the procedure depend on the type of technique used.
2. How to improve IUI success rates?
One of the most commonly asked questions by couples is “How to improve IUI success rates?” Apart from all the technical aspects of the procedure, there are certain things that you can do to improve the IUI success rates. All these IUI success tips are discussed in this subsection.
- Do Your Research
- Avoid Smoking
- De-stress and Control Anxiety
- Medicine compliance
- Proper diet
- Proper exercise
Do Your Research
To get the best results, it is very important that you play an active part throughout the process. You should be aware of your infertility issue as it is a very personal problem for every couple. Do your research properly regarding the problem you are facing, its treatment options, and especially the clinic and the doctors you will choose for your treatment. The experience of the doctor performing the procedure and the facilities valuable at the clinic are major determinants for high success rates.
Smoking is very harmful to both egg and sperm production. People who smoke have significantly reduced gamete quality and so it is very important that you avoid smoking throughout the procedure to have a successful treatment.
De-stress and Control Anxiety
This is probably the most important thing that you can do for the success of IUI. Stress and anxiety also affect the quality of the eggs. Being calm and stress-free during the procedure has been shown to have much better success rates.
You should be very regular with all the medicines that have been prescribed to you for the treatment because these are important for many steps like ovulation induction in females. Also, your doctor should be aware of all the medicines that you are taking for other problems because some medicines can hinder the process and their dose will be decided by the doctors.
A proper diet with as many fresh fruits and vegetables is very beneficial for the process. Limit outside and processed food and focus mainly on having home-cooked fresh food.
Exercise will not only help with physical health which in turn will ensure good quality of gametes, but it also helps in reducing stress and anxiety. But make sure not to indulge in high-intensity exercise because that can lead to inflammation in the body. Soothing exercises like yoga and meditation are very good for the couple during this process.
This article explains all the factors that affect the success rates of IUI briefly. For further information, contact a qualified professional who will be able to guide you better throughout the process.
At Mediworld, you will get the best suggestions, treatment options according to your concern.