Clomid plus IUI has about an 8% per month chance for successful pregnancy. Injectable FSH products ("injectables") plus IUI give about 12% success per month. These statistics hold for about 3 months and after that success rates are much lower.
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According to at least one study, women who conceived with IVF treatment went through an average of 2.7 cycles. They found that the odds for success for women of all ages after three IVF cycles were between 34 and 42 percent.
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IUI is often the first treatment suggested to those who want to conceive as it's less invasive and demanding than IVF. It's also much more affordable. If you are a woman under 35, most doctors will suggest 3 to 6 cycles of IUI before moving to IVF.
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In IUI, the highest quality sperm are selected and injected into the uterus where they are left to fertilise the eggs naturally. In IVF, the eggs are removed from the body and fertilised in the lab. This means that IUI is a less invasive procedure which involves fewer drugs than IVF. With IUI, women under 35 often have a 10 to 15 percent chance of getting pregnant with just one cycle. With an IVF cycle using a woman's own eggs, the average national success rates range from 45 percent to 50 percent or more for patients under 35 years old.
Before you undergo IVF, it is advisable to partake at least three cycles of IUI. This is especially advised to women below the age of 35 as they have higher chances of conceiving with IUI.
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Your diet influences the success rate of IUI. Add more protein-rich foods to your plate and cut down on carbs. In fact, even if you’re struggling with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), switching to a healthier diet can increase the chances of conception. A good diet always makes way for a better pregnancy.
Moderate exercise is also good after IUI. However, rigorously working out isn’t recommended by experts. You just need to be active and not sit in a stationary position for long.
As per research, women who smoke need more gonadotropin doses for ovarian stimulation. This negatively affects the IUI success rate. Hence, quit smoking.
Don’t stress yourself out. Going through IUI may lead to an emotional upheaval, but learn to relax and have realistic expectations. This will make your body react positively to IUI.
Acupuncture practitioners/ authorities recommend acupuncture therapies to increases the flow of blood and eventually improve the quality of the egg. Although allopathy doesn’t recommend it, acupuncture authorities state the therapy could increase chances of getting pregnant.
Take Prescribed Supplements
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) and DHEA are supplements that are quite helpful as they improve fertility, and indirectly improve IUI. Bear in mind that these medicines must be prescribed by your doctor.
Have Sex After IUI
Doctors say that having sex after IUI actually helps. This is because, during sex, the uterus begins to contract, and pushes the sperm towards the fallopian tubes, making the process more efficient.
Do things that make you feel happy and content. Those who believe in the Law of Attraction say that you attract what you imagine. So, when you want to get pregnant, your life must reflect the joy of having a baby.
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As success rates for IUI in women over 40 years of age tend to be very low, due to biological factors, we feel that it would be unethical to offer IUI treatment in this situation and would always recommend IVF. Here are the chances of pregnancy after one IUI cycle, by age: Under 35: 10 to 20 percent chance of pregnancy. Between 35 and 40: 10 percent chance. Women 40 and above: 2 to 5 percent chance.
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For women aged under 35, about 18% of IUI cycles result in a healthy baby being born (a cycle is one full round of IUI treatment). Women aged 35 to 37 have a 14% success rate and the birth rate for women aged 38-39 is 12%.
Some of the common reasons for failed IUI are endometriosis, poor sperm quality, decreased ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, etc.
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