Intrauterine Insemination/IUI

IUI - Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a beacon of hope for couples struggling to conceive a child. In Singapore, where healthcare is both advanced and accessible, IUI is a treatment readily available for those seeking fertility assistance.

What is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a beacon of hope for couples struggling to conceive a child. In Singapore, where healthcare is both advanced and accessible, IUI is a treatment readily available for those seeking fertility assistance.

IUI is a fertility treatment that encourages conception through the direct placement of sperm into a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation. The primary goal of this procedure is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes. This assistance improves the chance of fertilisation. IUI is less invasive and more cost-effective, compared to other forms of assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

IUI begins with the careful timing of the insemination to coincide with the woman’s ovulation cycle. In some cases, fertility medications may be used to stimulate ovulation. The sperm used in the procedure is first “washed” in the laboratory to concentrate the most viable sperm and remove unnecessary substances. This preparation aims to maximise the chances of successful fertilisation and pregnancy.

Is IUI right for you?

IUI is often recommended for couples with unexplained infertility, mild male factor infertility, or women with cervical mucus problems. It’s also a viable option for couples who are unable to engage in natural intercourse due to physical disabilities or psychosexual issues.

However, the treatment is not suitable for everyone. Women with severe fallopian tube damage, a history of pelvic infections, or moderate to severe endometriosis may need to explore other fertility treatment options. Consulting with a specialist is crucial in these circumstances.

Preparing for IUI

Physically, the process of preparing for IUI involves undergoing fertility tests to assess your hormone levels, the health of your reproductive organs, and your partner’s sperm quality. These tests are vital in determining the optimal timing for insemination.

Emotionally, the journey toward conception can be fraught with highs and lows. It’s essential to foster a support system to help you navigate the emotional challenges of fertility treatments. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle through balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management techniques can positively impact your preparation for IUI.

The IUI Procedure

The IUI procedure is straightforward and tends to be painless, taking only a few minutes to complete. On the day of insemination, the prepared sperm sample is inserted directly into the uterus using a thin catheter. This process is carefully timed to coincide with ovulation that was either naturally occurring or medically induced for the best chance of success.

Post-procedure, you may be advised to rest for a short period, although most women can resume their normal activities immediately. It’s common to experience light spotting for a day or two afterwards. Your fertility specialist will provide specific instructions on post-procedure care, and when to conduct a pregnancy test.

Success Rates and Expectations

The success of IUI depends on various factors, including the age of the woman, the underlying cause of infertility, and whether fertility drugs were used. In general, younger women have higher success rates with IUI.

It’s important to manage expectations and understand that it may take several IUI cycles to achieve pregnancy. Your fertility specialist will guide you through the process, helping to adjust treatment based on your response to IUI and changes in your fertility status.

IUI Treatment in Singapore

Conception can be elusive for couples who face fertility issues. At W Gynae, we recognise the physical and emotional challenges that this poses to you.

As IUI specialists, we believe in tailoring treatments for each person, and aim to provide you with the best chance at conception. If you’re facing difficulties conceiving or want to know the cost of IUI treatment in Singapore.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The number of IUI cycles vary based on the individual. Age, reason for infertility, and response to treatment are some key factors that are taken into account. Typically, a fertility doctor may suggest undergoing three to six IUI cycles before considering other fertility treatments like IVF.

IUI is considered as a safe procedure with minimal risks. Some women may experience mild cramping or vaginal bleeding after the procedure, and there’s also a mild risk of infection. If fertility medications are used to stimulate ovulation, there is an increased chance of multiple pregnancies (twins or more), which means a higher risk for both the mother and babies.

In general, the difference in IUI and IVF stems from the level of complexity of the treatments. IUI involves placing washed sperm directly into the uterus around the time of ovulation to facilitate fertilisation. It’s less invasive and more cost-effective but generally has lower success rates compared to IVF.

IVF involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, retrieving these eggs from the ovaries, fertilising them with sperm in a lab, and then transferring the resulting embryos into the uterus. IVF is more complex and expensive but offers higher success rates, especially in more challenging infertility cases.