As women marry later in life, there are now procedures that make it possible for them to conceive past their 30s. One of the most effective methods today is IUI or Intrauterine Insemination.
How It Works
Intrauterine Insemination works through the artificial introduction of semen to the uterus of the female at the time when the body is at its most receptive. The introduction is done either during the peak of ovulation or the ovulation itself is induced. IUI is generally used by women who have husbands or partners, the sperm harvested from these individuals prior to introduction. The sperm themselves undergo a screening process, harvesting only the best sperm from the ejaculate of the male.
The procedure is largely similar to the natural process of conception wherein the penis ejaculates into the female organ, allowing the sperm to make their way to the fertilized egg. As opposed to in vitro fertilization which deposits the sperm directly into the egg, the IUI procedure is a less risky procedure but with a lower success rate compared to vitro.
Upon signal of ovulation, the sperms are injected directly through the vagina. The process is quick with very little discomfort on the part of the female. Afterwards, the patient can go home and wait for any signs of pregnancy after a few months. If the procedure did not take, the female can undergo the procedure again as many times as she wish, provided that study shows that there is no medical reason for IUI not to work in her condition.
Who Can Use This?
The lower success rate of IUI is balanced by the fact that this procedure is best used by couples who have no serious fertility problems. More often than not, the procedure is performed due to sperm count problems by the male or due to a motility issue. With IUI, only the best sperm is released into the uterine, giving all sperms a higher chance of reaching the fertilized egg.
Couples with an unexplained fertility issue may also make use of this procedure. Scar tissue of the cervix or an abundance of cervical mucus resulting to infertility may also be solved with this procedure. So long as the fallopian tubes are normal, IUI can help bypass the typical 'blocks' in the female system, thus giving the sperms a head start to the fertilized eggs.
Note that at the same time, there are women who cannot use IUI. Generally, women who have health problems, pelvic infections as well as endometriosis are advised against using this procedure.
How Much Does it Cost?
Compared to In Vitro Fertilization, Intrauterine Insemination is cheaper, faster, and less invasive. The procedure itself is fast and can be done in a matter of minutes, involving only a simple insertion of the sperms after they have been washed and screened. Rates may vary from one state to another and depends on the frequency of the session.
For more information about Intrauterine Insemination and other fertility procedures, visit your doctor and inquire about the best method for you.