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IUI Success Rates Boosted by Medication
IUI Success Factors
Age Biggest Factor in IUI Success
High IUI Success for Many Couples
Couples Commonly Find IUI Success
IUI Success in the United States
Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) is a common method of infertility treatment that places sperm directly into a woman’s uterus. In the United States, IUI success rates are high, making this advanced procedure a good choice for many couples.
When is IUI Successfully Used?
Modern infertility treatments are useful in different situations, and couples can find success with IUI if one of these factors is present:
Low sperm count
Decreased ability of sperm to reach an egg
Ejaculatory dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation
Donor sperm needed
Cervical conditions that are hostile toward sperm
Irregular or poor ovulation
Because of its relatively low cost and high success, IUI also is a popular treatment when infertility is unexplained.
Medications Affect IUI Success
Although women with regular ovulation may omit this step, IUI success is highest when used in conjunction with fertility drugs such as clomiphene citrate or injectable gonadotropins.
These medications bypass the usual female hormonal pathways and stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one follicle per month.
This overproduction increases the number of eggs exposed to sperm, but IUI success still requires an individual sperm to reach and fertilize an egg under its own power.
IUI Success Rates
A woman’s age and health — along with the health of sperm — are the main factors in an IUI cycle’s success rate.
Women younger than 35 typically have more success – nearing 20% for an IUI cycle. Overall, any given cycle of IUI results in a viable pregnancy for about 10-20% of women.
This puts the IUI success rate within reach of the average fertile, trying couple, who have about a 20% chance of pregnancy during a given cycle.
With medication to boost fertility, even women age 38-39 often have a viable pregnancy within two cycles.
The core IUI procedure is brief and causes minimal discomfort. If patients do not experience immediate success, multiple cycles are common and lead to a national IUI success rate that approaches 85%.
IUI Success at Oregon Reproductive Medicine
Portland-based Oregon Reproductive Medicine is very proud of our consistently high live-birth success rates. But we know statistics don’t reveal what is really extraordinary about our practice — the personalized and thoughtful care we provide to each patient.
The best way to have a successful pregnancy with IUI is to choose a clinic that gives each couple an infertility treatment plan tailored to their unique situation and challenges.
You can find out more at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine will answer all your questions about what affects IUI success rates and how you may benefit from this proven infertility treatment.
Our events take place across the country, and we may be visiting your city soon.