Recommended: couples with no known cause of infertility who have been trying to have a baby for at least a year. OR may be used sooner in older woman.
Under normal circumstances, IUI uses sperm from your male partner.
Although "sperm washing and intra uterine insemination" may help couple conceive when the sperm counts and quality are suboptimal, studies suggest that IUI will not be effective in cases where the sperm counts and quality are very poor.
Before proceeding with this process, sperm tests need to show reasonable sperm function.
If you do not have a partner, or if your partner has very poor quality sperm, then therapeutic donor insemination using screened sperm samples from anonymous donors or use of IVFW/ICSI using your partners sperm would be considered.
Approximate pregnancy rates per cycle of NC/IUI performed for the correct indications are as follows:
- 20% for women under the age of 30
- 15 % for women aged between 30 and 35.
- 10 - 15% for women aged 35 to 39.
- 5 - 10% for women over the age of 40.
However, the projected success rates need to be individualized.
It depends on a woman's age, her ovarian reserve, type of medication used, number of eggs being released, and the sperm quality.