Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
Intra-uterine insemination (IUI) is the injection of sperm into the woman’s uterus via the cervix. It is generally painless and can be done as an outpatient. However, IUI is seldom used in fertility treatment nowadays. Probably because there are often underlying hormone problems found that will bypass the relevance of using IUI. For example any problems with estradiol, FSH or AMH will mean problems with egg quality thus leading the fertility clinic to use more invasive procedures such as IVF, where they can extract a number of eggs and pick the best grade embryos for implantation. IUI is sometimes combined with small doses of ovulation inducing drugs such as clomid to increase the success rates. In my experience, women over 40 should not bother with IUI as it’s highly unlikely to succeed and is essentially wasting valuable time and money.
In a study that measured the effectiveness of both acupuncture and Chinese herbs in combination with IUI infertility treatment, a team at the Faculty of Medicine and the Tel Aviv Medical Center say that the results showed a significant increase in fertility when both acupuncture and Chinese herbs are given together. In terms of both conception and live birth rates, the test group fared far better than the control group. Out of the 29 women in the test group, 65.5% conceived, and 41.4% delivered healthy babies. In the control group, only 39.4% conceived and 26.9% delivered. The vast difference in success rates is even more surprising when the age of the average participant was taken into account. The average age of the women in the test group was 39.4, while that of the control group was 37.1. Normally, the older the mother, the lower the pregnancy and live birth rates.
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