Candidates for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Fertility Treatments By jodorsett on January 02, 2015

A mother kisses her babyIntrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination that is particularly popular and relatively effective. Dr. Janelle Dorsett has helped countless patients throughout the Lubbock area thanks to the use of IUI, allowing them to start the family that they have always wanted.

IUI is a much more advanced form of artificial insemination than techniques that were used in the past, with improved techniques, technology, and success rates. While it benefits many patients, it may not be the most ideal treatment option for a patient/couple. Let's look at candidacy for IUI right now so you understand matters better.

General Guidelines for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Candidacy

Ideal candidates for intrauterine insemination (IUI) are people who are in good health and are unlikely to experience major problems during pregnancy and childbirth. Many times it's more ideal for patients to be younger than their mid-30s. After the mid-30s, the chances of miscarriage and birth defects go up, and it may be less likely for fertility specialists to consider treating patients who are of advanced age, especially for people who are in their 40s.

Treating Female Infertility with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is common for treating certain kinds of female-factor infertility, including:

  • Problems with Cervical Mucus - When a woman has very thick cervical mucus, it can make it difficult to conceive through intercourse. Placing the sperm beyond the cervix as in IUI increases chances of successful pregnancy and live birth.
  • Minimal Endometriosis - Women who experience infertility due to early/first-stage endometriosis can be helped through the use of IUI.
  • Unexplained Female Infertility - When a woman experiences infertility due to unexplained reasons, IUI may be a good solution to try that is less involved/complicated than other fertility treatments.

Treating Male Infertility with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is also common for treating certain kinds of female-factor infertility, including:

  • Problems with Ejaculation - Men who experience issues with ejaculation can have sperm retrieved and then placed through IUI to boost chances of pregnancy.
  • Erectile Dysfunction - Men who experience erectile dysfunction can overcome these matters and father a child thanks to IUI.
  • Problems with Sperm Quality - When a man's sperm has poor motility or there is a low sperm count/density, IUI can make pregnancy more likely.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) for Use of Donor Sperm

When a woman or a couple elects to use a sperm donor, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most common options to consider for fertilizing eggs and helping ensure pregnancy.

Realistic Expectations About the Success of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Ultimately, having realistic expectations about intrauterine insemination (IUI) is very important. That means knowing risks and benefits, and also understanding the success rates of the procedure. During the consultation process, we will go over alternatives to IUI as well so you can make a well-informed decision about your available options.

Contact the Practice of Dr. Janelle Dorsett

For more information about artificial insemination methods as well as your other options for starting the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. Dr. Dorsett and the entire team will be sure to answer all of your questions and address your concerns in full detail.

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

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