OPK and Intrauterine Insemination

OPK and Intrauterine Insemination

What Is IUI?

IUI, or Intrauterine Insemination, is a great choice of fertility treatment for many women. What happens during an IUI? The sperm used for an IUI has already been “spun,” which means only the strongest sperm are chosen to be inserted. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

IUI has to be timed just right so that the sperm is implanted near the time of ovulation for the best chance of the woman to get pregnant. There are two ways to make sure that the IUI procedure is done at the right time during a woman’s cycle.

The first way is to get an hCG injection to trigger ovulation manually, and the second way is to use an ovulation predictor kit to make sure that the IUI is only done when a woman is ovulating. Read on for more info.

HCG Injection Method

The first method for timing IUI just right is to have the woman take an hCG injection shot right before the IUI procedure. Once a doctor determines that a woman’s eggs are mature, an hCG shot is given to trigger ovulation.

After ovulation has been triggered via the hCG injection, IUI can take place a few days later. The hCG injection method works well for some women who are unable to track their cycles and pinpoint their ovulation on their own.

Ovulation Prediction Kit Method

The other method of getting ready of IUI treatment involves simply following the natural cycle of a woman’s body. When this method is used, a woman will simply use ovulation prediction kits to tell her when she is ready to ovulate.

After she receives a positive result from the ovulation prediction kit test, it is very important that an appointment be made to do the IUI procedure within a few days. Some doctors recommend that the procedure be done within 24 hours of a positive OPK, and some find that they see better results if the procedure is done around the 40-42 hour mark. Each clinic often has their own ideas about what is best.

Which Method Is Best?

There are different reasons for using each method, both the medicated and the non medicated. If a woman’s cycles are hard to follow and track, it might be a good idea for that woman to get the hCG injections instead.

However, some women who have regular cycles might not want to have the hCG injections, and might instead want to do everything naturally. Talk with a fertility specialist to figure out which option is right for you! Either way is fine, as long as it gets you to the end result, which is (hopefully!) a successful pregnancy!

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.