Attention, women. Artificial insemination ups chances of a healthy pregnancy
A study indicated that artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), raises a couple’s likelihood of have a successful pregnancy from nine to 31%.Updated: Jul 30, 2017 11:05 IST
Attention women, if you are trying to conceive a baby naturally, then a study has found that artificial insemination may increase the chance of successful pregnancy by 22%. The study also indicated that artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), raises a couple’s likelihood of have a successful pregnancy from nine to 31%, if they have been trying to conceive for three months.
The researchers stated that when combined with female fertility drugs, IUI can be more cost effective and less invasive than IVF. This comes despite the UK’s NICE stating couples who have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for more than a year should bypass IUI and start IVF.
Roy Homburg from Homerton University Hospital in London argues that skipping IUI and proceeding directly to IVF is “like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”. The results suggested that IUI can increase a woman’s chance of having a live birth from nine percent to 31 percent, a rise of 22%. In a separate study, researchers from the Fertility Clinic Isala in Zwolle, the Netherlands, analysed 602 couples and found that, after six rounds of treatment, IUI has similar success rates to drug-free IVF.
The success depends on the extent of the woman’s fertility problems, the woman’s age, if medication is used to enhance ovulation, and the man’s sperm count and quality.
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First Published: Jul 30, 2017 11:02 IST