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IUI Fertility Treatment
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is an artificial insemination procedure that places healthy sperm directly into the uterus to improve the chances of conception. This is a common choice of fertility treatment if infertility is due to low sperm quantity and/or poor sperm motility. We’re here to be your partners through the process – to support your mind, body, and spirit during this time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is IUI?
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that places healthy sperm into the uterus. This helps the chances that healthy sperm will reach and fertilize a mature egg during ovulation.
What Is the Difference Between IUI and IVF?
IVF involves retrieving mature eggs from the ovaries and mixing them with a sample of healthy sperm. Once fertilized, the embryo or embryos are placed into the uterus. IUI does not involve egg retrieval and is when healthy sperm is put directly into the uterus during ovulation. This is to help the sperm get as close to the egg as possible for fertilization.
How Does Intrauterine Insemination Work?
Prior to IUI, medications may be prescribed to help stimulate ovulation. Once ovulation occurs, sperm that has been treated and separated from the seminal fluid will be inserted into the uterus. This procedure increases the chances that healthy sperm will reach and fertilize a mature egg.
How Much Does IUI Cost?
IUI procedure costs may be partially or wholly covered by insurance. This procedure is usually significantly less expensive than other fertility treatments, such as IVF. Check with your insurance provider for more details.
Does Insurance Cover IUI?
IUI procedure costs may be partially or wholly covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider for more details.
When Does Implantation Occur After IUI?
Implantation of healthy sperm via IUI can occur one to three days after hormone levels indicate ovulation.
What Is a Natural IUI?
Natural IUI is the same as IUI except that medications are not used to stimulate ovulation. This method may be a good choice for women with a regular, predictable menstrual cycle.
How Does Natural IUI Work?
Natural IUI works the same way IUI works except no medications are used to stimulate ovulation.
How to Prepare for Your IUI Treatment
Ovulation needs to be monitored by at-home ovulation predictor kits or by a doctor so IUI can be performed at the best time. A sperm sample is collected from the partner and “washed,” meaning it is separated from seminal fluid to only include healthy sperm. (Or a donor sample of sperm is prepared.) Once ovulation starts and the sperm is prepared, IUI may take place.
What to Do After an IUI Treatment to Make It Successful?
There are a couple of things you can do to increase the likelihood of a successful IUI treatment. Take care of yourself by eating healthy, taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding strenuous exercise, and lowering stress levels. Acupuncture is a great way to boost post-IUI health and reduce stress levels.
How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test After IUI?
It is recommended you wait to take a pregnancy test 14 days after an IUI treatment.
Can You Get Pregnant Naturally After IUI?
Yes, you can become pregnant naturally after IUI treatments. However, certain infertility causes that led to going through IUI can still impact future pregnancies.
Does Acupuncture Increase IUI Success?
Receiving acupuncture before, during, and after IUI helps improve IUI success. This therapy improves sperm quantity, sperm motility, egg quality, improves the health of the uterine wall, promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs, balances hormones, and lowers stress levels.
How Does Acupuncture Help IUI?
Acupuncture helps IUI by improving sperm health, egg quality, and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. For male-factor infertility, acupuncture helps improve sperm quantity, quality, or motility issues. Acupuncture also boosts the health of the uterus by increasing blood flow and improving the uterine lining. Additionally, this therapy helps relieve symptoms associated with IUI medications and reduces stress.
Does Acupuncture Help After IUI?
Yes, receiving acupuncture treatments after IUI can help improve blood flow to the uterus, reduce any cramping, and lower stress levels.
Is It Safe to Do Acupuncture After IUI?
Yes, you can receive acupuncture treatments after IUI treatment. This therapy is an effective way to ease the mind and boost mental health after the procedure. Acupuncture during pregnancy can also make for a healthier and happier experience.
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