What is IUI ?
IUI is a simple OPD procedure. In this procedure washed capacitated sperms are put in the uterus. The ovary is stimulated by giving hormone injections to produce multiple follicles and the procedure is carried out when the eggs are about to be released. We have had a good success rate with this method and recommend it as the first line of treatment in patients who have patent tubes and a reasonably good semen count.
What is the average success rate of IUI?
Success rate varies according to the indication but around 15% to 18% can be considered good.
How many cycles of IUI can we try?
Most couples conceive within first three cycles of IUI, in subsequent cycles the positive outcome is less. One can try up to six IUI cycles then probably turn to IVF-ET
Can semen be collected at home?
Yes, but it must be brought to our lab within half an hour. The specimen must be collected in a container provided at the centre.
What is the time taken to prepare sperms?
Native raw semen sample cannot be used for IUI. Depending on the method of preparation ( Swim up or Swim down) it will take anywhere between half an hour to one and a half hour to complete the wash.
When is the insemination done?
Usually the insemination is done few hours prior to ovulation. The timing is assessed by serial ultrasound and time is fixed after the injection for follicular rupture.
What is the minimum sperm count required for IUI?
Ideally 5 million post wash count is considered alright. In a native sample, a sperm count of 15 to 20 million with average motility one can opt for IUI.
Do we need anesthesia for IUI?
IUI is an OPD procedure done without anesthesia. Some times abdominal cramps are noted after the procedure. This is due to the uterine contraction and usually subsides in short time.