Becoming a parent can be one of the biggest joys in the world but for some itâ€™s a process of constant trying and disappointment and they end up depressed. With the technological advances in the modern world, Intrauterine Insemination may be the perfect solution for you.
Intrauterine Insemination, also known as IUI involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast-moving sperm from the slow or non-moving sperm. It can be performed with your partnerâ€™s sperm or donor sperm (known as donor insemination).
You are using donated sperm in your treatment (donor insemination)
You are unable (or would find it very difficult) to have vaginal intercourse, for example because of a physical or psychosexual problem.
You have a condition due to which you need specific help to conceive (for example, if youâ€™re a man who is HIV positive and you have undergone sperm washing to decrease the threat of passing on the condition to your partner and potential children).
IUI can only begin once it has been established that your fallopian tubes are healthy & open. This will usually be tested through a tubal patency test as part of your assessment by the fertility clinic.
This may involve a laparoscopy, an operation wherein a dye is injected through your cervix as the pelvis is checked for blockages with a telescope that has a tiny camera attached (a laparoscope).
Alternatively, you may go for a hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (HyCoSy) â€“ which uses a vaginal ultrasound probe to check the fallopian tubes for blockages â€“ or a hysterosalpingogram, an x-ray of your fallopian tubes.
The success of IUI depends on several factors. If a couple has the Intrauterine Insemination done each month, success rates may reach as high as 20% per cycle depending on variables such as female age, reason for infertility and whether fertility drugs are used.
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