February 2, 2022 | Kacie Shrock, Registered Fertility Nurse
Considering fertility treatments when trying to conceive (TTC) is a big step and we want to help ensure that process goes as smoothly as possible for you. If you have thought about doing a natural cycle IUI or are looking for more information about it, you are in the right place!
So, What is an IUI?
One of the most commonly used fertility treatments is an artificial insemination or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). An IUI is a procedure where sperm is placed directly into the uterus using a small catheter. This can be done either as a natural cycle with no medications, or with the use of oral fertility medications such as clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or letrozole (Femara) to help with ovulation and maturation of the egg. Today we are going to dive into a natural cycle IUI and how we here at Premom can help you achieve that positive pregnancy test!
A natural IUI cycle is exactly that, natural! This means that the cycle is completed without the use of fertility medications. This would be a great treatment plan for someone who does not have any ovulatory issues as they would need to be able to ovulate on their own without the use of medications. When you try an unmedicated cycle, you will not experience any mild side effects from the use of fertility medications such as nausea, hot flashes, dizziness or risk of multiples. If you are unsure if you are a candidate for an unmedicated cycle, a great place to start is by using ovulation tests as these are the best way to identify if and when you are ovulating. For more information, you can check two of our blogs titled “When Do You Ovulate” and “TTC with Irregular Cycles”
How can Premom support me on my IUI journey?
Improve Your Pregnancy Success Rate
Research has shown that the average pregnancy success rate for IUI is about 10-20% per cycle. Here at Premom, we have found that there is a 33% pregnancy rate for IUI users who use the app when tracking their ovulation to accurately time the insemination. The IUI is very time sensitive as we want to ensure the sperm are in the uterus right prior to or during ovulation. With Easy@Home and Premom ovulation tests, you can improve ovulation prediction accuracy and feel confident timing your insemination for pregnancy success.
Stay Organized While Tracking
Premom is a great place to keep all of your information stored safely in one place to help keep you informed and organized while going through IUI treatments. You can easily keep track of your LH test results, fertile signs such as cervical mucus as well as the date of your insemination and partners sperm results.
There is a huge potential cost savings when doing a natural IUI cycle since the only real cost should be for the insemination. When doing a medicated cycle there is a cost for the insemination as well as for ultrasound monitoring appointments and fertility medications, with the average cycle being anywhere from $500 to $4,000. By using Easy@Home ovulation tests, you can improve ovulation prediction accuracy and potentially save costs on ultrasounds and medications.
Here at Premom, we want to see all of our users have success with IUI and are confident that the accuracy of using Easy@Home ovulation tests for timing an insemination can increase chances of pregnancy.
You can start logging your insemination cycles today, just tap “daily logs” on your home screen, and scroll down to log an insemination day or your ultrasound results. We are here to support you on this journey with Premom app!
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