Fertility Language | IUIs Explained
It’s confusing enough when our bodies don’t do what we expect them to do. When we are trying to conceive and it doesn’t happen. And then it doesn’t happen again. And then again, we start worrying.
After enough time, (suggested amount of time to conceive under 35– one year and over 35– six months), we usually want to get some help.
What’s not helpful is to enter a world where we don’t understand the language.
And infertility and fertility treatment has its own language. We’re here to break it down for you so that the language barrier feels less daunting.
Speaking of that, it’s also common to assume that fertility treatment will be invasive and unaffordable. Not necessarily true.
Let’s start here. With a very common, often used and decades long proven treatment plan. Intrauterine Insemination, also known as artificial insemination and shortened to IUI. This is not the first line of fertility treatment, but if you have been trying for a while, (as defined above); it is often one of the first fertility treatment plans you will hear about.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Our board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists (REI’s for short) are happy to answer your questions. REI’s are true fertility specialists – specially trained and having passed board certification.
Yes, this language can be a lot to master. We’re here to help. ~ Lisa Rosenthal
What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?
Intrauterine insemination involves placing a concentrated semen sample in the uterine cavity to improve the chances of conception. IUI is sometimes referred to as artificial insemination.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) serves three basic purposes:
- IUI therapy places a high concentration of sperm into the uterus, decreasing the distance the sperm needs to travel and increasing the chance of sperm reaching the egg to achieve fertilization.
- By getting a higher number of sperm high into the female reproductive tract, it helps overcome mild to moderate male factor fertility problems.
How IUI Treats Many Causes of Infertility
Additionally, when combined with ovulation induction or superovulation, IUI can treat many causes of infertility. Among them:
- Ovarian dysfunction (irregular ovulation)
- Infertility associated with endometriosis (a painful inflammatory condition of the female pelvis)
- Cervical factor infertility (related to prior surgery)
- Unexplained infertility (infertility in which the exact cause cannot be identified).
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (a common female endocrine disorder)
IUI is an effective treatment for both male factor fertility problems and unexplained infertility where all other testing is normal. For patients with unexplained infertility where all other testing is normal, intrauterine insemination (IUI) combined with ovulation induction/superovulation can as much as double a couple’s chance for pregnancy.
Most physicians recommend between three to six IUI attempts (if there are no underlying problems such as blocked fallopian tubes) before moving on to more advanced treatment.
Contact us for more information about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), including the IUI procedure.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.