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IUI for Unexplained Infertility

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a less invasive way to assist conception and can be an effective treatment plan for younger couples with unexplained infertility.

For younger couples with unexplained infertility, Intrauterine insemination (IUI) or Artificial Insemination, is minimally invasive and can be highly effective.

Ian and Jess, both 31, have been trying to conceive for two years. Jess has been struggling with her weight over the last few years, but she lost 8 kilos recently. Ian quit smoking, but they still had no success, so they called Queensland Fertility Group in Brisbane, as a friend had seen a doctor there for ovulation problems.

At their first appointment with their fertility specialist, she ordered a blood test to check Jess’ cycles. They were longer, but this could be due to her higher BMI. Ian had a semen analysis, to check for sperm antibodies and morphology (shape).

These tests confirmed that Jess was ovulating, her ovarian reserves were potentially fertile and there were no indications of other risks such as PCOS or endometriosis. Ian’s semen sample was normal. With no other causes, they were diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility.

Fertility treatment considerations

Unexplained infertility is a fairly common diagnosis, accounting for up to 35% of all fertility problems. With young couples such as Ian and Jess, IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a less invasive way to assist conception, and a good starting point.

Their specialist explained their chances of conception using IUI, and recommended trying up to two IUI cycles before considering more advanced forms of treatment, such as IVF where their chance of success would rise considerably.

IUI is a simple and more natural procedure that involves placing Ian’s sperm in Jess’ cervical canal when she was ovulating – about as uncomfortable as a pap smear. They decided to start with IUI and see what happened. Jess had a positive pregnancy test after the first cycle, and they now have a healthy baby girl.

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