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While many people are familiar with the term “in vitro fertilization,” or “IVF,” some may not be familiar with the a similar term “intra-uterine insemination,” or “IUI.”
While many people are familiar with the term “in vitro fertilization,” or “IVF,” some may not be familiar with the a similar term “intra-uterine insemination,” or “IUI.” Successful intro-uterine insemination (which is often referred to by the generic term “artificial insemination,” differs from in vitro fertilization in that with IUI, sperm is placed directly into the female to be fertilized, as opposed to fertilization occurring in a medical lab, as is the base with IVF. Both methods have been successful in helping couples achieve a viable pregnancy, and making the advanced procedure IUI a good choice for many couples looking to successfully start a family of their own.
When is IUI Successfully Used?
So how does a couple choose IUI over some of the other pregnancy and infertility treatments? Typically, couples can find a higher IUI success rate if one of more of the following 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 rates, IUI also is a popular treatment when infertility is unexplained.
IUI Success Rates
The age and general health of the woman — along with the health of sperm — are the main factors in an IUI success rate. Women younger than 35 typically have higher success – nearing 20% for an IUI cycle. Overall, any given cycle of IUI results in a viable pregnancy for about 10-20% of women.
The IUI procedure is brief and causes minimal discomfort. If patients do not experience immediate success, multiple cycles are tried, and can lead to a national IUI success rate that approaches 85%.
IUI Success Rates at Oregon Reproductive Medicine
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.