Experiencing your little one growing inside you is one of the most joyous moments for a mother. While conception may come with challenges, it rarely outweighs the anticipation women have to hold their bundle of joy after nine months. However, several factors may inhibit this dream from coming true. If you have trouble conceiving, you may benefit from IUI Celebration procedures at the Center for Reproductive Medicine.
What should you know about IUI?
IUI refers to a fertility treatment that involves placing your partner’s or a donor’s sperm into your uterus to facilitate fertilization. The sperm has to move from your vagina into your uterus and finally to your fallopian tubes during natural conception.
In some cases, the success rates of natural conception may be lower due to several factors, including male infertility. However, with IUI, the sperm are placed strategically closer to the eggs, increasing your chances of conception. This procedure is beneficial for couples having trouble getting pregnant.
When is IUI an option?
Although IUI increases your success rate of getting pregnant, it is only recommendable for couples struggling to conceive. If you and your partner are below 35 years and have unprotected sex for over a year without results, you may have infertility issues and benefit from IUI. For couples above 35 years old, you might be suitable for IUI if you have been having unprotected sex for half a year without conceiving. Some of the factors that may limit your ability to get pregnant include:
- Male factor infertility
Male factor infertility interferes with the sperm count and its quality. During your medical evaluation, your specialist at the Center For Reproductive Medicine conducts a sperm count to determine the number of sperm each millimeter of your semen contains. A low sperm count is often due to lifestyle or environmental factors, hormonal imbalance, varicocele, and genetic conditions.
- Unexplained infertility
In some cases, it may be troublesome to identify the cause of your infertility. It could be due to unresolved psychological or physical issues, but there is no clear explanation for infertility in some cases. If the male counterpart has a genetic condition that may affect the fetus, your specialist may recommend using donor sperm. While this decision may not be easy, the team may encourage and support you to ensure that you achieve your dream of becoming a parent. The center for reproductive Medicine team uses thoroughly screened cryopreserved sperm from the facility’s sperm bank.
- Hostile cervical mucus
Sometimes your cervical mucus may block the sperm from entering the uterus, or it may facilitate sperm destruction, inhibiting conception. The anti-sperm antibodies in your cervix mucus may damage the sperm as if they are harmful substances.
What goes on during the IUI procedure?
Your doctor prepares your partner’s or donor’s viable sperm by sorting to remove abnormal sperm during your appointment. The team then concentrates the remaining healthy sample before placing it in your uterus. After sperm preparation, they use a soft catheter to deliver the sperm into your uterus, facilitating fertilization.
Call the Center for Reproductive Medicine office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about IUI.