Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

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What Is Intrauterine Insemination?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure that promises to bring the sperm and the egg closer together than would typically be possible in natural circumstances. It is a process in which concentrated motile sperm collected from the male partner are injected directly into the female partner’s uterus. By timing the procedure to coincide with ovulation, IUI attempts to bring the sperm and the egg near each other, resulting in a potential union. IUI is a favourable treatment, especially in cases where the male partner has been diagnosed with low sperm reserves, or the female partner suffers from endometriosis or ovulatory dysfunction.

Why Choose Intrauterine Insemination?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) presents a shorter journey between the sperm and the egg, automatically eliminating any obstructions on the way.

Suitability for Him

IUI is a fitting solution for men with low sperm reserves or low sperm motility. On Cloudnine, our fertility specialists handpick only the best sperm, carefully releasing them into the uterus during the fertile window. After arriving inside the uterus, the sperm wait by the fallopian tubes, in anticipation of the egg.

Suitability for Her

Women with hormonal conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome often struggle with ovulation. For women whose ovulatory cycles tend to be irregular, IUI is a recommended treatment method. Through continual monitoring, IUI charts the journey of an egg, perfectly timing the insertion of the sperm with the readiness of the egg.

Is Intrauterine Insemination Right for Me?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an effective treatment for many couples, provided certain prerequisites are fulfilled. For instance, the treatment is not normally advisable for women with blocked fallopian tubes, as the injected sperm may never reach the egg in such cases. Additionally, IUI may not prove fruitful for older women and women with poor egg reserves or severe endometriosis. In complex cases like these, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may be favoured over IUI.

What Are the Steps of Intrauterine Insemination?

On Cloudnine, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple, swift and painless procedure, experientially likened to a pap smear.

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Ovulation Stimulation

Although IUI can be timed with a woman’s natural ovulatory cycle, ovulation is usually induced through medication when the natural ovulatory pattern is askew.

2

Semen Procurement

On the run up to ovulation, a semen sample is procured from the male partner. To optimise the quality of the semen, sexual abstinence of about two to four days, preceding the sample collection, is recommended.

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Sperm Processing

After we have collected the semen sample, our fertility crew expertly processes the semen in a laboratory. This routine involves separating the sperm from other components of the seminal fluid to augment its composition and density.

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Cervical Cleansing

As an ovarian follicle nears maturity, the stage is almost set for the IUI procedure. IUI is usually performed on the day of ovulation after the vagina is lightly cleansed with the aid of a beak-shaped device known as a speculum.

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Insemination

The final step in the series of procedures leading up to IUI is the insemination itself. Here, a processed sample containing only superior quality, motile sperm is inserted into the uterine cavity, through a fine, lightweight tube, called a catheter.

What Are the Risks of Intrauterine Insemination?

The risks associated with intrauterine insemination (IUI) are minimal. The few risks that do exist stem from the ovulation-inducing medications prescribed before the routine, rather than the IUI process itself.

Multiple Births

The fertility medications administered during an IUI cycle sometimes stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg. If both eggs are fertilised, it could be a case of multiple births.

Other Symptoms

IUI could also potentially lead to hot flashes, mood swings, headaches and nausea. However, these symptoms are almost always mild, receding soon after a course of medication is withdrawn. If performed inadequately, IUI could herald serious complications, such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and ovarian cysts. On Cloudnine, we personalise every IUI procedure in keeping with a guest’s medical record. We assess every minute medical detail before prescribing even a simple treatment.

TESTIMONIALS

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Cloudnine Helped Us Realise Our Long-Held Dream of Parenthood.
Dr. Radhika Sheth was our pillar of strength throughout our days of infertility. When we consulted her, she suggested that my wife and I pursue fertility treatment on Cloudnine. Cloudnine gave us the best of both worlds; the comfort of consulting Dr. Sheth and easy access to first-class amenities. Over the span of 4 months, we underwent 6 treatment cycles in order to beat our stubborn condition. And in the end, our persistence paid off. Thanks to Dr. Sheth, we conceived. We were so content with our experience, that we opted to continue our affiliation to Cloudnine with their signature maternity experience. After all, Cloudnine helped us realise our long-held dream of parenthood.

Mr. Amit Kumar
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My fertility treatment plan on Cloudnine was composed of an HSG test followed by two IVF cycles. The experience was very good, and if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from the doctors and nurses, I wouldn’t have become a mother to my baby boy. I am thankful to Cloudnine for giving me the gift of motherhood.

Mrs Meena
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I was referred to Dr. Uma Maheshwari early this year. At the outset, it was an emotional experience, but Dr. Maheshwari and all the nurses, especially Divya, Omana and Ranjitha, were warm and embraced me like they would, family. Dr. Uma was very caring and always remembered every little detail about my pregnancy. Best of all, she was available when we needed her.
I consider Cloudnine a very lucky place. I came here looking to go through fertility procedures and artificial conception but ended up conceiving naturally. I would recommend Dr. Maheshwari and her entire team to those looking for quality fertility solutions. Thanks to the entire team for taking such good care of me.

Mrs Rakshambi Kai K
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I opted to meet Dr. Radhika Sheth at Cloudnine Hospital, Malad, to discuss fertility treatment options. I knew I’d made the right choice when I discovered how approachable she was. She was very cooperative, always available, ever-smiling and full of positive energy. Not only did she suggest the right treatment plan for me, she worked hard to make me feel special along the way.

Mrs Shruti Pansari
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I am extremely pleased with the experience we had with Dr. Radhika Sheth. After having undergone fruitless fertility treatments for more than two years with other doctors, I was finally able to conceive after an IVF cycle administered by Dr. Sheth. Needless to say, she was very helpful and supportive throughout my treatment tenure. I am and always will be eternally thankful to Dr. Sheth for giving me my precious bundle of joy.

Mrs. Bhumika Vashisth
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I am extremely happy with the treatment we received from Dr. Radhika Sheth and her team at Cloudnine Clinic. The doctor devoted ample time to hearing about our medical history, present problems and general issues we were facing. She was very understanding and would patiently answer all the questions we asked her. During the first visit itself, Dr. Sheth assured us that we would get pregnant; that there was absolutely no doubt about it. Hearing those words was a big relief and instantly boosted our confidence. We started our fertility treatment last year, after which, much to our delight, we finally conceived. We are eagerly awaiting our baby now and can hardly express our happiness in words. We consider ourselves very lucky that God directed us to Cloudnine Clinic.
Thanks to Dr. Radhika Sheth and her entire team for making our journey to conception worthwhile. Last but not the least, a big thumbs up to all the administration staff for the wonderful operational support.

Mrs Vaishnavi Ghosalkar
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I am very happy to share experience I had with Sure. I tried to conceive from past 1 year without any success. I had gone to many doctors in Bangalore and at my hometown but I couldn’t conceive. I came to know about Sure from Cloudnine hospital. I had posted a message for appointment and I immediately got a call from Sure. I was amazed with their immediate response. This experience continued. I got an appointment with Dr. Jyothi Menon and was very much satisfied with her answers during my first visit itself. I got confidence with her words. Based on her advice, we thought of going for a treatment at Sure. Her way of treatment was very good. We had to visit Sure 4-5 times in the first cycle. My first cycle at Sure was successful. I am 3 months pregnant now. I am very thankful to Dr. Jyothi Menon. Staff at sure are really caring, supportive and are cool in answering all the questions. Especially I need to mention about Swetha at reception. I had very good experience with her every time I go there. Ambience at sure is very good and hygienic. Nursing staff is also very caring.Overall it was a wonderful experience.

Mrs. Asha
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Doctor was available as per the appointment which is very much appreciated. Doctor spoke to us in a very encouraging manner and presented the facts clearly. Support staffs were very polite and responded to situation. GREAT SERVICE!

Mrs. Harini
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The team is fantastic, very co-operative and knows their jobs. At OT sister Shyamala was at most courteous, understanding by sharing her love and affection to me. The admin team is well managed and carry their duties effectively GRE-Geetha and others. The other nurses Sangeetha, Sherly others whose name I am not able to recollect were very good especially while injections. Overall very impressed with the setup and have started referring people.

Mrs. Jaya
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It was a wonderful experience, I am very glad with the way all the doctors, nurses have supported me. Hope to see the clinic grow bigger and maintain its reputation throughout. Thanks to all of you and I hope to come back as a ‘MOM’.

Mrs. Payal

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