With so many fertility treatments available (and reproductive technologies advancing rapidly), it can be hard to choose the right one for you.
But, if you’re experiencing difficulties getting pregnant, and need to consider using a sperm donor, intrauterine insemination (IUI) could help to fulfil your dreams of becoming a parent. That’s because it offers a way for people to start, or extend their family, even if they’re struggling with fertility complications.
In this article, you’ll understand the IUI procedure – and determine whether this fertility treatment is your perfect route to becoming a parent.
What is IUI?
Also known as intrauterine insemination, IUI is a relatively simple fertility procedure.
It happens when high-quality sperm, either from your male partner or a sperm donor, is collected and inserted directly into the uterus for fertilisation.
You have complete control over which IUI procedure you choose (whether you’re using your partner’s sperm or that from an anonymous donor), and the entire process takes only a few minutes to complete.
Who is it suitable for?
IUI is suitable for same sex couples who are unable to conceive naturally.
But if you’re a single woman without any fertility problems, IUI is also a fantastic option if you want to get pregnant. This is because sperm donations can be accessed in order to fertilise the egg.
The insemination process is also suited to couples with fertility issues, such as low sperm count, low sperm mobility, mild endometriosis and cervical mucus alteration.
Conceiving naturally can be a struggle for anyone experiencing these fertility issues, but IUI procedure ensures that only the best (and highest quality) sperm is used, providing a better chance of getting pregnant.
What are the IUI success rates?
Just like any other fertility treatment, the success rates of IUI procedures depend on a wide range of factors, including the age and health of the woman at the time of insemination.
Women under the age of 35 have 14% of their IUI cycles result in a pregnancy. However, this decreases to 12% for women aged 35 to 37, and 10% for women aged 38 to 39.
For the IUI procedure to work, your fallopian tubes must be healthy. If they’re closed, blocked or damaged, it could prevent the inseminated sperm from reaching the ovaries, which won’t result in pregnancy. Your fertility specialist can examine this before you proceed with the insemination process, and position you in the best possible stance to see results from your treatment.
IUI success rates depend on age because as women get older, they become less likely to conceive each month. Since the body is no longer preparing itself for pregnancy, and eggs get older, many women find it more difficult to get pregnant at an older age… But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible!
If you’re wondering whether IUI or sperm donors could be your perfect route to parenthood, get in touch with one of our friendly experts. With an understanding approach to fertility and the problems you may be facing, we can help to find the best procedure for you.