IUI treatment is one of the most common among fertility treatments. It involves placing the prepared sperm from the male partner, into the uterus by means of a small plastic catheter. This procedure of insemination is timed to coincide with the release of the egg so as to increase the chances of pregnancy.
IUI treatment is most suitable for couples having unexplained infertility. Unexplained subfertility is confirmed if the couple are unsuccessful in achieving pregnancy and all the standard tests are normal.
Indications for IUI
- Unexplained subfertility
- Mild abnormalities in the sperm parameters such as slightly low count, low motility and morphology
- Mild Endometriosis
- Coital Difficulties
- HIV, Hepatitis B/C Discordant couples
To address the above fertility issues, IUI is performed
In general, with one cycle of IUI the pregnancy rate is around 20%. Upto 6 cycles of IUI could be tried before moving to IVF. However, most of the pregnancies resulting from IUI occur within the first 3-4 cycles of IUI treatment.
Watch Dr Vyjayanthi our fertility specialist explain the success rates of IUI or IVF. The rate of success in one cycle of IUI is 20-25%. The patient can be offered up to a maximum of 6 cycles. Majority of the pregnancies happen in the first 3 cycles. If at the end of 3 cycles, pregnancy does not happen, further options like Laparoscopic key-hole surgery followed by 3 more cycles of IUI or IVF are discussed.