Getting pregnant isn’t always easy, even if you and your partner are capable of having children. But did you know that intrauterine insemination can help simplify the process and increase your chances of getting pregnant?
There are many reasons someone might choose IUI, ranging from fertility issues to LGBTQ family planning. Therefore, the accessibility makes intrauterine insemination one of the first options when discussing infertility.
At University Reproductive Associates, with offices in Hasbrouck Heights, Wayne, and Hoboken, New Jersey, our fertility experts offer intrauterine insemination as a potential path to conception in complex fertility cases.
Understanding intrauterine insemination
Intrauterine insemination is a fertility treatment that introduces sperm directly into the uterus.
Naturally, the sperm swims upward through the cervix and uterus, where it potentially fertilizes an egg. But if there are barriers in the way, the sperm will not make it that far. For example, factors like cervical mucus and sperm count can affect this process and make conception difficult.
IUI increases your chances of conception by skipping the swim. That reduces travel time, which means the sperm has a higher chance of fertilizing an egg. Intrauterine insemination is a common fertility treatment because it allows for a natural pregnancy, and any sperm can be used.
As long as you and your partner have viable eggs and sperm, IUI can allow you to have a child sharing both of your genes. Otherwise, donor sperm can be used.
When IUI can help you
If you’re having trouble conceiving, the first step is diagnosing why. Contrary to popular belief, infertility is common in both sexes. Both you and your partner will be tested to determine what is causing the issue. From there, the team can begin providing solutions.
Intrauterine insemination might be suggested if:
- Your partner’s sperm is too weak to survive
- Your cervical mucus is too thick to allow entry
- There is no obvious cause of your infertility
- You have endometriosis
- You want to use donor sperm
Every IUI process is catered to your specific needs, and steps are taken to ensure that your probability of pregnancy is as high as possible. You might receive additional fertility treatments, such as:
- Ovulation-inducing medications
- Periodic ultrasounds to monitor your fertility
- HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone injection
To learn more about the IUI process and determine if it’s right for you, talk to the specialists at University Reproductive Associates. If you’re having trouble conceiving or want to build a family with your same-sex partner, you can schedule a consultation by calling 201-288-6330 for an appointment at the location closest to you or visit the contact page for more options.