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IUI treatments are simple in terms of medications, minimal discomfort, and the time it takes to perform the procedure. However, it’s only a few steps beyond the natural process of intercourse. You have to take into account that it can take several cycles to achieve pregnancy with IUI, and that can take a toll on you: emotionally, physically and financially.
We do our best to determine if IUI is truly the right answer for your fertility issues. Likewise, we also do our best to manage your expectations and remind you that you are not to blame if an IUI procedure fails.
There is no magic solution for achieving pregnancy. But if we feel that IUI is not the optimal path for your fertility situation, we’ll tell you and propose a better solution. And of course, we’ll make this decision together.
IUI success rates mirror the maximum fertility rate in the general population trying to get pregnant through intercourse, which is approximately 15%. Our goal with IUI is to create the optimal conditions for your chances of pregnancy to reach that same range.
The maximum monthly success rate for IUI has not changed in all the years since IUI has been available. The only way to increase your chances of pregnancy, in most cases dramatically, is to choose IVF (in vitro fertilization).
With IUI, we can place the optimal sperm in the uterus, but we’re relying on nature to do the rest of a complex process. One sperm must reach and fertilize the egg. Cell division must follow, creating an embryo. The embryo must implant on the uterine wall. There are a lot of opportunities for failure, as well as success.
It can take several cycles of IUI to achieve pregnancy. Because time is typically of the essence when maternal age is involved, IVF may be a better option. Compared to IUI success rates, IVF offers 4 times to 6 times greater success. More IVF cycles can also be compressed into a shorter time period when frozen embryos are used.
There is no one-size-fits-all option in fertility treatment, of course. You and your fertility doctor will decide together what your best treatment choice is at the time, and make any necessary course adjustments in response to changing situations.
A comprehensive semen evaluation including the evaluation of DNA Fragmentation is really a must before looking to IUI as a fertility treatment. Male factor fertility is common and under-assessed, unfortunately. Similar to ovulation induction, because IUI’s are generally overused and misused, they have low reported success rates as compared to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). You can see IUI success rates as simply a factor of age below.