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Risks Involved in IUI

The risks with IUI are relatively low as IUI is a simple procedure. Some common risks associated with IUI are due to infertility drugs used in the procedure. Risk of contracting infections from donor sperms is relatively rare. Read on to know about the risks caused due to IUI procedure.

IUI is one of the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedures that are considered to be least invasive. This naturally follows that the amount of risks involved for the patients is also relatively low. When a woman considers IUI in order to get pregnant she is likely to get exposed to risks that can originate from infertility drugs that are administered during the IUI procedure. This means that the harm does not come from the intrauterine insemination procedure itself.

Couples are actually suggested to hold a thorough discussion with their fertility doctor about the risks and the potential side effects of the infertility drugs. It is necessary to monitor all fertility treatments that are made to work with the aid of drugs or through any other procedure. This can effectively reduce the chances of probable side effects. Under certain situations, the physician at the fertility clinic might suggest a combination of the IUI procedure along with the woman’s usual ovulation cycle which can actually work without the intake of drugs altogether.

The Probable Risks in Brief

The risks in IUI procedure itself are as follows:

The IUI procedure involves the passing of a thin catheter through the cervix into the uterus. This is basically used for the transportation of the sperm directly into the uterine cavity. Some patients are found to experience mild pain during this procedure. The most dangerous risk that the IUI procedure might incur is the acute discomfort and/or minor injury in the cervical area. This can culminate in cramping, spotting and bleeding post the entire procedure. Although medically this is not considered to be a major issue and doctors advise the patients to lie down for sometime after the procedure is over so as to reduce the chances or aggravation of the above mentioned symptoms.

Risks Related to Sperm Donor

When the sperm is made to enter the body of the woman she becomes exposed to sexually transmitted diseases and other varied infections that the sperm might be carrying. However, this does not come across as a major risk as all professional IUI clinics have a mandatory sperm wash procedure before using the sperm for the IUI. If the woman has any doubt or fear she can always make the IUI doctors aware of them so that the sperm donor is made to undergo a thorough health check up, if he is unknown to the woman or is not her husband or partner. This is the reason why it is never advisable to attempt an IUI procedure at any place other than a registered clinic.

Risks from Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation

This risk is associated with the fertility drugs administered during IUI. Clomid or Clomiphene Citrate is a common ovulation inducing drug prescribed by doctors to ‘hyper stimulate’ the ovaries. This basically causes the development of over twenty follicles in the ovaries at a single go. As a result the estrogen levels in the body gets pumped up leading to the enlargement of the ovaries leading to severe abdominal pain due to swelling. The other accompanied symptoms are difficulty in breathing, nausea and vomiting. In acute cases, hyper-stimulation of the ovaries can be fatal. This condition can also occur with HCG or Gonadotropin Therapy.  

Other IUI Side Effects

The other side effects that can follow from drugs like Clomid are:

  • Abdominal discomfort and pain
  • Hot flushes
  • Digestive problems
  • Headache
  • Pain in the breasts
  • Menstrual irregularities

The other serious risks involve the impact the drug have on the quality of the cervical mucus which becomes hostile to sperm and result in complications during the IUI. It tends to become thickened and dried up, thereby blocking the entrance of the sperm into the uterus. Doctors usually prescribe estrogen supplements in order to treat these mucus problems.

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Drila gupta.6 years ago
i am a gynaecologist,based in Gurgaon .whats missing in the above article is that IUI is the first step for the treatment of is 100% safe & economical.If IUI fails then only IVF or ICSI are sugested as treatments of infertility.
for further details please contact
91- 9958222443
Drila gupta.6 years ago
i am a gynaecologist,based in Gurgaon .whats missing in the above article is that IUI is the first step for the treatment of is 100% safe & economical.If IUI fails then only IVF or ICSI are sugested as treatments of infertility.
for further details please contact
91- 9958222443
hetal.6 years ago
I had gone for an IUI ten days before. can i take a pregnancy test now? I know that implantation can take anywhere from six to 12 days after ovulation to occur.
Meher.6 years ago
i have heard that natural IUI can be done in which no fertility drugs are used. i think this is a better and much safer option though success rate will be low. please advise.
Joshna.6 years ago
Will i be able to get pregnant with IUI the first time or do i need to go in for several cycles? I want to increase the chances of my pregnancy, is there any way?
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