Intrauterine insemination IUI is a fertility treatment often used to treat infertility resulting from ovulation problems, endometriosis, or mild male factor infertility. Besides being dependent on female fertility and ovulation, IUI success is also highly dependent on the quantity and quality of sperm. Men with low sperm count or low sperm motility ability of sperm to move towards the egg often experience lower success rates with IUI. What is IUI? IUI involves collecting a sperm specimen from the male on the same day the IUI procedure is performed.
In recent times this subject has gone from being somehow unmentionable to something that can be discussed more openly, but is still beset by myths, anecdote and urban legends. In this article we unpack some of those myths. We examine the causes of the condition and the question of whether there is a cure for low sperm count. We also consider recent developments in how to test for low sperm count. Finally, our optimistic message is that there are a range of low sperm count treatment options available. Male infertility is complex, and there are a number of causes which encompass physical, genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. In addition to a low sperm count, there are two further common causes: slow sperm motility, which makes it harder for sperm to swim to the egg, and abnormal morphology.
Intrauterine insemination IUI is a popular first line fertility treatment option for couples who struggle to conceive on their own. It is particularly effective for couples who have difficulty with ovulation, cervical issues, low sperm count, sexual dysfunction, unexplained infertility or mild endometriosis. By inserting the sperm directly into the uterus, you reduce the distance sperm need to swim to reach the egg. This enables more sperm to swim into the fallopian tubes and increases your chances of getting pregnant.
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