Ovulatiuon Induction (OI) and Interuterine Insemination (IUI) use fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce your eggs.
High quality sperm is separated and placed into the womb and is timed to coincide with ovulation so egg fertilisation can occur naturally.
During treatment, we monitor you closely through ultrasound and hormone blood tests to maximise your chance of pregnancy and minimise risks including overproduction of eggs and multiple pregnancy.
Is OI/IUI right for me?
This treatment may be appropriate if:
How can OI/IUI help?
OI/IUI aims to make your ovaries produce one egg if a lack of egg production is the cause of your fertility problems.
If your fertility struggle is unexplained or due to a mild male factor; the treatment will aim to produce two or three mature eggs to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
Intra Uterine Insemination removes poor sperm, concentrates the good and places them directly into the uterus. This enables them to swim more efficiently with a much shorter distance to travel…Placing a strong field in a short race, gives more sperm the chance at gold.
How long will it take?
OI/IUI is usually accomplished in two or three cycles. If not, Dr. Ong may suggest IVF as the next step.
What happens in a treatment cycle?
First half of the cycle:
Second half of the cycle:
What is the chance of success?
Chances of success are influenced by a number of factors Dr. Ong will discuss with you before treatment. These include:
Overall the success rates for OI/IUI are around 8-20% per treatment cycle and chances of conceiving are higher for women who have had previous pregnancies.
What are the risks of OI/IUI?
Drugs used to stimulate the ovaries before insemination can lead to a greater risk of multiple pregnancy. Around 10-15% of all OI/IUI pregnancies will be multiple; (twins or triplets usually).
There are many risks associated with multiple births;
Stimulated intrauterine insemination does not protect you against the risk of having a baby with an abnormaility nor will it increase the chances above those of a natural conception. (Around 2%)
Occasionally, ovaries can over-respond to stimulating drugs which can lead to a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) but most cases are mild to moderate.