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.
IUI for unexplained infertility
Jason is 35 and Kate is 33, and they have been trying to conceive for two years.
Kate was a little overweight, with a higher BMI of 29, but she has lost 8 kilos over the last 12 months. Jason quit smoking to improve his overall health and their chances of conceiving. They still had no success, so they called IVFAustralia on the recommendation of Kate’s sister.
At their first appointment with their fertility specialist in Greenwich, he ordered a blood test to check if Kate’s cycles were ovulatory. They were longer, but this could be due to her higher BMI. Jason also had a semen analysis test, to check for sperm antibodies and morphology (shape).
These tests confirmed that Kate was ovulating, her ovarian reserves were potentially fertile and there were no indications of other risks such as PCOS or endometriosis. Jason’s semen sample was normal. With no other causes identified, they were diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility.
Fertility treatment considerations
Unexplained infertility is a fairly common diagnosis, accounting for up to 35% of all infertility problems. With young couples such as Jason and Kate, IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a less invasive way to assist conception, and a good starting point.
In this situation, they were told they had a 10-12% chance of falling pregnant within the first two months with IUI. Their specialist recommended trying up to two IUI cycles before considering more advanced forms of treatment, such as IVF where their chance of success would rise to 40% per month.
IUI is a simple and more natural procedure that involves placing Jason’s sperm in Kate’s cervical canal when she was ovulating – about as uncomfortable as a pap smear.
They decided to start with IUI and see what happened. After the second cycle of IUI, Kate had a positive pregnancy test and they now have a healthy baby boy.
Typical costs for IUI
A cycle of IUI treatment costs $2,040, depending on the pre-treatment appointments, tests, medicine and the treatment itself. Medicare provide a rebate of up to $670.
Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan and the Medicare safety net. If you’d like to find out more, speak with our experienced team by calling 1800 111 483.
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