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    Getting Pregnant

    What is Intra Uterine Insemination & how much does it cost?

    Written on 15 July 2022

    Introduction

    Pregnancy is a sensitive subject for the people involved around the expectant mother and father. It’s generally considered a great feeling to be able to conceive and have a child. However, there are several situations where a couple cannot have a baby even after trying for many years. It can be a problem that takes a toll on the prospective parents when this happens. To add to the mix, in some countries such as India, sex and pregnancy are viewed as taboo subjects and, thus, not easy to openly discuss.

    Fortunately, there are various methods to resolve such issues, namely, IVF or in vitro fertilization which is utilized when there is some blockage in the uterus or fallopian tube or, on the flip side, some deficiency with the sperms that might not allow them to swim to the where the ovum is planted on the uterine wall. IVF is, however, effective when fertilization is not an issue. When fertility is an issue, IUI or Intrauterine Fertilization is the major option. Although by its name, it is a fertilization technique. It most prominently is the pioneering method to treat infertility.

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    The Process

    The whole process is centred around ensuring that the reason for infertility is overcome to let the couple have a pregnancy. The process starts with a simple semen donation. When frozen, the semen donation batch from your partner is then thawed (warmed to make it soft). Afterwards, the sample is cleaned by removing any material that is non-sperm to avoid any potential reactions in the uterus. In alignment with this, only the healthy sperms are kept, and the rest are removed. A concentrated batch of healthy sperm increases the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

    While this process of thawing, cleaning, and filtering takes place, the mother’s ovulation is monitored, which is an imperative part of the process. After this ovulation, the doctors perform the IUI procedure, usually done by a doctor or a specially trained nurse only after two days. The procedure involves transferring the concentrated batch prepared earlier directly to the uterus. Once the procedure is completed, the patient is instructed to lie down on their back for a short while.

    After the Procedure

    A waiting of 2 weeks is put in place during which the one can go about their day normally. Only after two weeks can a pregnancy test be performed without the risk of a false positive or false negative. After that, the doctor might ask to visit the clinic for a blood test that has better accuracy than a home pregnancy kit.

    It is possible that one might not get pregnant after the procedure is done; it is, however, a very small minority that faces this setback. Generally, after this hiccup, couples try the procedure once more before moving on to other options for a successful result.

    It is also likely that some medications might be prescribed to the patient in question before the procedure to allow multiple eggs to be released, which increases the chances of pregnancy exponentially.

    On the financial front, the cost depends on a few factors such as location, the reputation of the doctor, and the extent of the care. The cost in India can range from as low as 10,000 to 25000 rupees for the whole process. However, it is recommended one prepare for the resulting pregnancy and arrival of the baby as well. Overall, the procedure is cheaper than most other artificial insemination methods.

    Some Essential Remarks

    There are a few reasons why IUI is the best option for a couple. Here are a few of those discussed in detail.

    • Donor Sperm

    It may be the case that a woman needs a donor for sperm. Therefore, IUI is a leading option that uses high-quality and healthy sperm and has a high chance for a successful pregnancy, as stated earlier.

    • Mild male factor infertility

    When the partner’s semen analysis is done in case the analysis reveals lower than average mobility, concentration, or abnormalities in shape and size, IUI is the preferred option.

    • Semen Allergy

    Although this happens on rare occasions, it is known that ejaculation of the semen in the vagina can cause redness, the sensation of burning or redness. Although, this can happen due to a multitude of reasons. IUI is a procedure that places the sperm directly into the uterus; thus, a problem like this is overcome.

    At last, there are also a few risks associated with the procedure, which should be mentioned. These risks include

    1. Causing an infection

    2. Multiple pregnancies

    Due to the recommendation of medications, it is possible that one might manage to conceive twins or even triplets. However, multiple pregnancies have a higher risk than single pregnancies.

    Article Source:

    1. USF Health. Cramping After IUI: Causes, Symptoms And How To Manage It. https://health.usf.edu/-/media/Files/Care/Patient-Resources/OBGYN/IVF/IUI-Basics-Handbook-IVF.ashx

    2. ReproductiveFacts.org. 2016. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/intrauterine-insemination-iui/

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