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How IUI Can Help You Get Pregnant

ivf_doctor_for_couplesIntrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a proven method of increasing a woman’s chances of conceiving a baby. IUI – also known as artificial insemination – is the process of preparing and delivering a highly concentrate amount of active motile sperm into a woman’s uterus through her uterus. IUI is a low-tech, cost-effective approach for enhancing a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.

IUI is Recommended for Infertility

IUI is commonly prescribed as a first option for women who have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse.

Dr. Hugh D. Melnick recommends IUI:

  • For women who have unobstructed fallopian tubes and a normal uterus
  • For women who have a normal uterine cavity
  • For couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility

IUI Can Help You Get Pregnant

IUI is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia – it is similar to a Pap smear.

After her menstrual cycle has been regulated, the patient is prescribed a regimen of oral fertility medication (typically, Clomid or Femara) to stimulate the production of multiple egg follicles. In some cases, oral medication are prescribed in combination with an injectable fertility drug.

  • The development of the patient’s egg follicles are monitored throughout the woman’s egg growth stage of her cycle with blood level hormone measurements and pelvic ultrasounds.
  • The doctor determines the prime time to induce ovulation via hCG injection administration.
  • The patient’s male partner’s sperm specimen is produced in the doctor’s office (or frozen donor sperm is thawed) and prepared in a laboratory setting using special viability enhancement solutions.
  • The semen specimen is washed and prepared for insertion into the woman’s uterus using an insemination catheter.
  • OR, the frozen semen specimen is washed and prepared for insertion into the woman’s uterus using an insemination catheter.
  • The preparation and insertion of the sperm assures that a highly concentrated amount of mobile and active sperm are placed directly into the woman’s uterus.
  • Usually 2 IUI inseminations are performed after the hCG ovulation release injection – between 12 and 36 hours after administration – to increase the chance of conception.
  • IUI provides a low cost infertility treatment alternative for increasing a woman’s chance of pregnancy.

Unexplained Infertility and IUI

IUI is commonly prescribed as a first treatment option for unexplained fertility when sexual intercourse timed within the woman’s ovulation window has failed repeatedly. Unexplained infertility is when a woman (age 35 or younger) has been unable achieve pregnancy after one year or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. For a women over 35, IUI is typically recommended after six months or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse has failed to result in a pregnancy.

Affordable and Successful IUI Care

Having over 30 years of successful IUI clinical experience, Dr. Hugh D. Melnick wants to help you have a baby.

Dr. Melnick is available for consultation via Skype. Click the icon below and enter your information – or – call Advanced Fertility Services at 212.369.8700 to schedule your consultation.