IUI Tips to Help You Conceive Successfully
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple procedure that can increase your chance of getting pregnant. A recent study by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence revealed that IUI is well worth the effort to try before resorting to in vitro fertilization (IVF). IUI is also a much cheaper and less invasive alternative than IVF.
IUI is mostly successful in women who are younger or who have had a successful pregnancy in the past. IUI is also effective in couples diagnosed with unexplained fertility, coital disorders, mild male factor infertility, and minimal endometriosis. Pre-conditions are that you should have at least one open fallopian tube and that your partner has an adequate sperm sample.
IUI is relatively painless and routine procedure usually performed in a fertility clinic setting without anesthesia. It is commonly used in conjunction with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) as well as other medications that help induce ovulation such as clomiphene citrate, gonadotropins, or urofollitropins. HHHHealth monitoring such as blood tests and ultrasounds usually begins at day 6 of the menstrual cycle. These tests will be the indicator needed to predict when your eggs are mature and when you are ready for an injection with the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.
Here are some tips to increase your chances of having a successful IUI outcome:
1. Choose the right type of IUI procedure.
IUI often has a higher success rate than intracervical insemination. The type of fertility drugs used and its timing intake are also very important. Sperm washing is a part of IUI and can boost its success.
2. Take especially good care of yourself.
3. Find ways to reduce or release your stress.
There is a lot of evidence that shows that stress can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. Even the stress you experience when coping with infertility can be a barrier to conception and can trigger a miscarriage. Discover what helps you release stress and do it regularly. Common de-stressors include taking long walks, going for a bike ride, doing yoga every day, or joining a support group.
4. Take an expectorant to increase your chances of a successful IUI procedure.
Fertility drugs such as Clomid can contribute to too much mucus build up in the uterus. Cough syrup (like Robutussin) can help to thin the mucus in your cervix (just like in your lungs) to prevent your cervical mucus from becoming too thick and hostile to allow the sperm to survive.
5. Avoid strenuous exercise right before and after insemination.
Strenuous activities could cause uterine contractions that could interfere with implantation. Light exercise such as light aerobics, swimming, walking, and yoga are fine. High impact exercise such as jogging and step aerobics should be avoided. It’s best to take it easy before and after the procedure to give your body the opportunity to relax and calm down. And it is OK to have sex after insemination, and may even be encouraged.
If you are looking for a fertility treatment to help you conceive successfully, IUI may be the answer for you. It is worth a try before proceeding to IVF, which is much more expensive.
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