Is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Painful?

Intrauterine insemination is a simple and generally painless procedure that can help women increase their chances of becoming pregnant.   Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves the chances of fertilization. A quick and low-tech procedure, IUI is also sometimes referred to as donor insemination, alternative insemination, or artificial insemination. A doctor may recommend IUI if traditional methods have not worked for opposite-sex partners, but the procedure is also an option for single women or same-sex couples.   IUI tends to be less expensive and invasive than solutions like IVF, and therefore tends to be an early option in fertility treatment. While pregnancy…

Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

30 to 50 percent of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. Here’s how to identify the symptoms and figure out your options.   Endometriosis affects 200 million women worldwide and can strike girls as young as age 11. It occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows elsewhere in the body, causing pain and inflammation. Endometriosis is most often found on the outside of the uterus, on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, or even on the bladder or intestines. The result is irritation and discomfort, which worsens along with fluctuations in the menstrual cycle.   The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, especially during sex,…

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Is bed rest required after IUI?

  Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) that introduces concentrated and prepared sperm into a woman’s uterus at an optimal time for fertilization. Since the opening of the uterus (the cervix) makes a good seal against allowing sperm to leak out, there are generally little to no precautions needed after IUI. This applies to in vitro fertilization (IVF) as well. Some women may experience temporary bleeding and cramping following IUI. Resting for a few hours after an IUI can relieve slight bleeding and cramping. However, some precautions are necessary following IUI or IVF to support your general health and the health of the embryo. Eating health foods,…

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How soon after IUI can you feel pregnancy symptoms?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of assisted reproductive technology women turn to when they cannot get pregnant due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovulation disorders, cervical/uterine abnormalities or endometriosis. Intrauterine insemination involves insertion of sperm directly into the uterus using a catheter-like device. If successful, the first sign of pregnancy could be as early as two or three weeks from the time of embryo implantation. How Early Can an IUI Pregnancy be Confirmed with a Blood Test? Your fertility doctor will want you to wait at least 14 to 20 days after an IUI before ordering a blood test. Some women may be experiencing physical signs of pregnancy at…

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How Many Days After IUI or IVF Should You Take a Pregnancy Test?

Many couples struggle with fertility and getting pregnant isn’t as easy as they make it look in the movies. Whether due to trauma, PCOS, or an unknown issue, the result is the same — it can be emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging to face infertility. Fortunately, solutions like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are available, making conception a reality for many couples who haven’t been able to on their own. If you’re dealing with the ups and downs of infertility and have received treatment, the next step is the excruciating wait. How long should you wait after an IUI or IVF to take a pregnancy test?  When…

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IUI Versus IVF: Fertility Treatment Pros and Cons

As a woman dealing with fertility problems, it’s good to have a variety of advanced medical options to help you get pregnant. However, there is a downside to having many options: the confusion and stress that comes from trying to choose the right path for you. That’s why it’s crucial to have an expert fertility doctor at your side to guide you to your best solution to treat infertility. IVF or IUI can both work with minor male factor infertility and/or female infertility due to unknown causes. Both can work with donated sperm and/or eggs, and for LGBTQ couples. Here’s how IUI and IVF work, how they differ, and when each is best. Understanding IUI Infertility Treatment Often the first-line treatment for…

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What to Expect After an IUI Procedure

Getting pregnant is difficult to come couple. An intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one the possible fertility treatments that can help. It may be used for either male or female infertility. Compared to some other fertility treatments, IUI is less invasive. Here’s what to expect after an IUI procedure, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. IUI Basics Before moving on to treatments like IUI, you and your partner should have a fertility evaluation. Conception problems can occur with either the man or woman in a couple. Sometimes it is a combination of both that causes difficulties, as when a woman’s body has a negative reaction – like an allergy – to…