Posts Tagged ‘IUI – Intra Uterine Insemination’

How successful would IUI be, if I have PCOS (my eggs don’t mature) and my husband has poor sperm quality. The quantity of his sperm is around 7 million plus minus. There is also a possibility of a chromosome problem with hubby’s sperm … perhaps more of XX chromosomes?? I know that will be dealt with when the sperm is washed. The FS said that we would have anything from a 40% – 60% chance of success and I am presuming that would be 3 cycles. He said that if after 3 cycles we have no success we will move onto IVF. Honestly though do you think our chances would be good taking all of our problems into consideration?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

If the male partner has a chromosomal abnormality that has been documented, the sperm should not be used for IUI at all. Furthermore, the success rate of  IUI’s in people without any problems at all is between 18-20% per attempt. If you have compromised gametes, this chance of success will clearly be less.

- Answers kindly provided by Dr. Stephan Volschenk -

What is the ideal time/follicle size to use Ovidrel trigger in a IUI/timed cycle? What is the range if there are 2 follicles at different sizes? What is the disadvantage of triggering too early? (Do those eggs still have a chance?)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The size for trigger is 18mm. With 2 follicles present, one would time the trigger on the size of the leading follicle, i.e. as soon as the leading one reaches a mean diameter of 18mm.

- Answers kindly provided by Dr. Stephan Volschenk -

I had a natural IUI cycle cancelled because my lining was only 7mm. I’m going to try again next month using injectables (Menopur).

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Menopur is likely to increase the estrogen level. The growth of the lining is dependant on the amount of estrogen, hence the use of the Menopur. Presumably you have had some sort of cavity assessment to exclude any pathology inside the uterine cavity that might lead to a thin lining?

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When going for IUI what is the recommended time that one should remain lying down for afterwards? Some FS’s seem to think 2 or 3 minutes is sufficient while others allow their patient 10 – 15 minutes.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The latest publications suggest a period of 15 minutes.

- Bi-Week 30 answers kindly provided by Dr. Stephan Volschenk -


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