We at the Center for Assisted Reproduction in Dallas offer a wide array of solutions that meet the diverse needs of our patients. That means advanced fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), an improvement on artificial insemination techniques of the past. Let's take a moment to consider who the ideal candidates for IUI are and what this all entails.
About Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is a type of artificial insemination that involves the placement of sperm into a woman's uterus in order to increase the chances of successful pregnancy. This is very different from in vitro fertilization (IVF) in that the fertilization of the egg is not done in a lab setting and with direct assistance from fertility doctors.
General Candidacy for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Candidates for IUI are women in generally good health who have had trouble conceiving naturally for at least a year. As we'll note below, IUI can address different kinds of male-factor and female-factory infertility causes.
Considering the Age of the Patient
In general, fertility treatments tend to be safest and most effective when they are performed on women who are under 40 years of age. Ideally, patients should be no older than their mid-30s simply given the nature of human biology. Birth defects and miscarriages are less likely in women who are in their mid-30s and younger, so please keep this in mind.
Considering Egg Quality
Related to age in some cases, the egg quality should also be considered when it comes to any fertility treatment. If a woman's eggs are of poor quality, that often increases the risk of miscarriage and congenital birth defects in the child. The analysis of egg quality can be carried out by your fertility specialist.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) for Female Infertility Issues
IUI is a common solution for the following kinds of female infertility:
- Infertility related to endometriosis
- Infertility due to cervical mucus
- Infertility as a result of unexplained issues
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) for Male Infertility Issues
IUI is a common solution for couples dealing with male infertility problems, such as low sperm count or poor sperm motility. In these cases, placing sperm in the uterus improves chances of conception.
With that in mind, it's also common for IUI to be performed on women who are opting for a sperm donor to assist with pregnancy.
Realistic Expectations Regarding Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Treatment
It's important that patients have realistic expectations about IUI treatment as this improves overall patient satisfaction. Having realistic expectations about the success rates of IUI as well as the potential risks involved in treatment allows patients to feel fully empowered by the decisions that they've made.
Discussing Alternatives to Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Part of the entire consultation process means knowing the risks and benefits of IUI and also considering your various alternative treatments to consider. These alternatives to IUI may be more ideal for you situation or your needs. We will be sure to go over any and all options for advanced assisted reproduction treatment so that you can successfully start the family that you have always wanted to have.
Contact the Center for Assisted Reproduction
To learn more about all of your options for advanced fertility treatment and which might be most ideal for you and your needs, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. At the Center for Assisted Reproduction, we will go over all of your options for care in greater detail so that you can make the best choices with regard to your goals.