Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) will exponentially increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. The IUI procedure – also referred to as artificial insemination – works by effectively timing a woman’s ovulation of multiple egg follicles with the insertion of a highly concentrated amount of motile sperm into her cervix.
IUI is commonly prescribed as a first treatment option for unexplained fertility when regular 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.
A typical IUI cycle involves the use of fertility medications to stimulate the growth of multiple egg follicles (usually, brand names Clomid or Femara). These fertility drugs are prescribed to adjust a woman’s hormone levels and increase the chance of a successful pregnancy by stimulating her egg production.
- Femara – generic brand Letrozole – is an oral fertility medication commonly prescribed as an infertility treatment for women experiencing ovulation problems and/or unexplained infertility. Femara works by inhibiting aromatase and suppressing estrogen production. Femara promotes the growth and release of eggs in women who are not ovulating on their own – ovulation induction. Or, superovulation in women who are able to ovulate.
- Clomid – generic brand Clomiphene Citrate – is an oral fertility drug prescribed to stimulate egg production in women who are unable to ovulate on their own. Clomid blocks estrogen receptors causing the pituitary gland to produce more hormones needed to stimulate ovaries into producing egg follicles. Basically, Clomid tricks the body into believing it has a lower estrogen level than it has. The hormones – FSH and LH – cause the growth of egg follicles in a woman’s ovaries.
The doctor regularly monitors the growth of the woman’s egg follicles through frequent ultrasound imaging and blood tests. Once the egg follicles have reached a mature stage, ovulation is induced using a trigger medication – hCG. Then, a sperm specimen is collected and prepared so that a highly concentrated amount of motile sperm is injected via a catheter into the woman’s cervix (similar to a Pap smear procedure). Progesterone is also administered via suppository to prepare the woman’s uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg.
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For over 35 years, Dr. Laurence Jacobs has helped those suffering from infertility achieve a successful pregnancy and live birth through IUI. To discover cost-effective IUI, click the icon below and schedule your consultation with Dr. Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.