Intrauterine Insemination: Is It The Right Fertility Procedure For Me?
When any couple seeks medical advice about getting help for infertility, the doctor may recommend a technique known as ʺartificial inseminationʺ. This is a simple procedure with very few side effects and it is especially helpful to the couples who are not able to get pregnant. The procedure involves the insertion of sperm directly into a woman's cervix, fallopian tubes, or uterus. This is a common method and it is also called intrauterine insemination (IUI). Here in this procedure, healthy sperm is taken out from flaccid ones, and thereafter the washed sperm is placed into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes during the ovulation. But before this treatment is to be commenced it is necessary for a woman to undergo the test called as Tubal Patency Test. This is necessary in order to ascertain whether the fallopian tubes are open.What Type of Infertility can be Treated with the help of IUI?
Many types of fertility problems are addressed with this procedure.
- In the case of male infertility, where there is very low sperm count, or men cannot ejaculate in their partner’s vagina. Reasons for failure in ejaculation can be manifold - there could be psychological issues, impotency, or anatomic problems. This treatment is also recommended in case the male sperm is not strong enough to move through the cervix, up into the fallopian tubes, this procedure is recommended.
- In case the issue is about female infertility, it is done if there is a condition called endometriosis observed. Here in this case the concerned woman may have something which abnormal for her reproductive organs.
- Experts also advise intrauterine insemination when it is difficult for them to figure out the reason for the couple's infertility.
For the couples who have a problem called "unreceptive cervical mucusʺ, this method will be right. This means that the mucus which surrounds the cervix prevents sperm from getting into the woman's uterus and fallopian tubes. This is how the IUI allows the sperm to skip the cervical mucus.What should we expect during this Procedure?
Generally, the doctor uses ovulation kits, ultrasound, or blood in order to ensure whether the woman is ovulating while she is taking the IUI treatment. Her partner will need to provide a sample of his semen. During this treatment, the doctor suggests the male partner avoid sex for 2 to 5 days before the commencement of the procedure to ensure that his sperm count is high.
It is always advisable to get this treatment done under expert guidance at the advanced fertility centers. At Xenith, we have state of the art equipment and a team of professionals headed by Dr. Mamta Dighe, , and carry out all tests and infertility treatments in Pune.