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What to Expect From an IUI

Fertility problems affect approximately 6% of couples in the United States. Couples who have had months of unprotected sex without getting pregnant may benefit from a comprehensive fertility evaluation. One common fertility treatment is intrauterine insemination, also known as IUI. Learn what to expect from an IUI to prepare for your appointment. What Is IUI? Intrauterine insemination is a form of artificial insemination that is commonly used to treat infertility. The procedure involves placement of sperm directly into the uterus. The procedure is timed to match the window in which your ovary releases one or multiple eggs to be fertilized. The IUI procedure allows sperm to enter the fallopian tube,…

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Who is a Good Candidate for IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)?

IUI or intrauterine insemination is one of many fertility treatments available at your Jericho, NY, fertility center and it’s quite popular among patients who visit our clinic. IUI is very effective in achieving pregnancy for the right patient, it’s quick and painless, and it is one of the more affordable options. Still, like most medical treatments it’s not effective (nor is it the best choice) for everyone with an infertility problem. Let’s look at the best candidates to benefit from IUI here at our North Shore, Long Island fertility practice. What is IUI and Who Can It Help? Intrauterine insemination involves inserting sperm into the uterus through a catheter. Our fertility doctor, Dr. Zapantis,…

Choosing Intrauterine Insemination As a Viable Option

There are a number of options for women who want to conceive but may have trouble becoming pregnant naturally, or for women who are without a partner but who are looking to have a child. Not all options work well for all women, and it is important to find the one that will provide a women with what she really needs to have the highest level of success. By choosing intrauterine insemination, patients can choose a more customized path that can help them get pregnant sooner and reduce the cost of their fertility treatments. That can make a big difference for women whose budgets are tight but for whom children…

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Intrauterine Insemination Facts: What is ‘Sperm Washing?’

If you’ve researched intrauterine insemination (IUI), you’ve probably know the sperm sample is washed before being delivered to the uterus. You may wonder why this process is conducted. Is the sperm dirty? Does it need to be “clean” to fertilize an egg? While “sperm washing” may sound strange, it actually increases the chances of fertilization. By using a sample that contains only the strongest, healthiest sperm, you significantly increase your chances of conception. Here’s how it works. What is Sperm Washing? Sperm washing separates sperm cells from semen, removes dead or slow-moving sperm, white blood cells, mucous and prostaglandins that may impede fertilization or endanger the woman’s health. What are Prostaglandins? Prostaglandins are…

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FAQs about Intrauterine Insemination

FAQs about Intrauterine Insemination Performed by injecting washed sperm into the uterus using a flexible, very narrow catheter, intrauterine insemination (IUI) takes less than 10 minutes to complete and offers success rates as high as 20 percent/cycle. Factors influencing the success of an IUI procedure include a woman’s age, reasons for infertility and use of fertility drugs. When Should You Have IUI? The ideal time for an IUI is within six hours before ovulation or within six hours after ovulation.  If the timing of an IUI depends on hCG injections, the procedure is typically done about 24 to 48 hours later. Your doctor will discuss your best options during a consultation…

Fertility Treatment Options to Help You Grow Your Family

Fertility Treatment Options to Help You Grow Your Family If you have been unable to become pregnant after a year of trying, you are not alone. About 15 percent of couples cannot get pregnant, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Fortunately, there are now a large number of fertility treatment options to help you conceive a baby and grow your family. Doctors trace infertility to the woman in about a third of all cases and to the man in about one-third of cases. In the remaining cases, doctors trace infertility to both parents or cannot find a cause at all. Fertility treatment options are specifically for men or…

Am I a Candidate for Intrauterine Insemination?

If you are having trouble getting pregnant on your own, or if you plan to use donor sperm to conceive, you may benefit from intrauterine insemination. Below is some basic information about this procedure to help you decide if it is the right option for you. What is Intrauterine Insemination? Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a common fertility treatment that involves the injection of washed sperm directly into the uterus close to ovulation. This increases the chance that the sperm will reach the egg and lead to conception. Who Can Benefit from Intrauterine Insemination? IUI may be the right fertility option for you if you: Are trying to conceive with…

Are There Risks Associated with Intrauterine Insemination?

Did you know the cervix limits the number of sperm cells that can enter the uterus? That means only a small number of sperm actually reach the fallopian tubes. That’s why intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most commonly used fertility treatments at fertility clinics in New York City. During the procedure, the cervix is bypassed entirely and sperm cells are placed into your uterus during ovulation. This makes the sperm’s trip much shorter and increased the chances of sperm reaching the egg. Three steps are required for each cycle: A sperm sample is collected, The sperm is processed, The sperm is placed in the uterus using a small catheter.…

Are You a Candidate for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

One of the most common types of treatment for some types of infertility is intrauterine insemination, commonly called IUI.  Physicians use this procedure to place sperm directly into the uterus.  This shortens the trip to reach a Fallopian tube and boosts the number of sperm that will be able to get close to an egg and result in conception.  There are a number of reasons why an individual might be a candidate for this type of treatment at fertility clinics in New York City. Who is a Good Candidate? The Mayo Clinic reports that IUI is most helpful in these circumstances: Use of donor sperm.  IUI is the most common…