When Do You Do IUI After Positive OPK?

When Do You Do IUI After Positive OPK?

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Timing is everything

When you are getting ready to undergo IUI, you are probably already well aware that timing is everything. Since the egg is only viable for around 24 hours, it is imperative that the timing be perfected. During the menstrual cycle, the surge of the hormone LH is what indicates that the release of the egg is imminent. When the LH surge occurs, it usually means that ovulation will soon follow, around 36 to 40 hours after wards. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How to know

When you are getting ready for IUI, you will need to take an ovulation predictor kit test every single day. These test kits are available over the counter at many drug stores, and they are inexpensive, so they are easy to obtain.

The preferred way to test is once in the morning and once in the evening, but sometimes, your doctor will tell you to only test once during the middle of the day. The LH surge can come and go very quickly, so testing often is usually preferred.

When your LH surge occurs, the Ovulation Predictor Kit will show a color that indicates that the surge has occurred, and then you will know that ovulation is getting ready to happen.

What to do

Depending on your doctor, you will get different directions on what to do when you get a positive OPK test. Some doctors will prefer to do the IUI the same day, and some will prefer to do the IUI the day after the surge.

Some doctors tell their patients that if they get a positive OPK in the morning or at noon, then they will do the IUI procedure the same day, but if they get the positive result in the evening, you will have to wait and do the IUI procedure the following day.

Still other doctors have different procedures and protocols for their clinic’s IUI procedures. Ask your doctor so you know exactly what is going to happen after you get that positive OPK result.

After the positive

After you go into the clinic for your IUI procedure, the concentrated sperm will be carefully and painlessly inserted into the uterus via a catheter. Since only the “best” sperm are used for IUI, it usually has a pretty good success rate. IUI is a relatively simple procedure, and doesn’t require anesthesia or any other drugs.

It’s also fairly cheap when compared to other fertility treatments. If you haven’t given IUI a thought before, you should think about it if you are struggling with infertility. It is a great option for many couples, and it might be a great option for you as well.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).