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IUI Success Stories

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a less invasive way to assist conception and can be an effective treatment plan for younger couples with unexplained infertility.

IUI for unexplained infertility

Justin is 35 and Michelle is 33, and they have been trying to conceive for two years. Michelle initially had a higher BMI of 29, but she lost 8kg over the past 12 months.

Justin also quit smoking to improve his overall health and their chances of conceiving. They still had no success, so on the recommendation of friends decided to contact Melbourne IVF.

At their first appointment with the Melbourne IVF fertility specialist, he ordered a blood test to check if Michelle’s cycles – which were longer as she was still slightly overweight – were ovulatory. He also requested a semen analysis test for Justin.

These tests and further investigations confirmed that Michelle was ovulating, that her ovarian reserve was in the normal range for her age, and that there was no evidence of other factors such as PCOS or endometriosis. Justin’s semen sample was normal. With no cause for their infertility identified, they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility.

Fertility treatment considerations

Unexplained infertility is a fairly common diagnosis, accounting for up to 20% of all infertility problems. With young couples such as Justin and Michelle, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a less invasive way to assist conception, and a good starting point.

In Justin and Michelle’s situation, they were told they had a 15-20% chance of falling pregnant within the first two months with IUI. Their specialist recommended trying up to two IUI cycles before considering changing cycles to in vitro fertilisation (IVF), where their chance of success would rise to 40% per month.

IUI is a simpler, cheaper and less invasive procedure than IVF. It involves placing Justin’s sperm through Michelle’s cervical canal into the uterus around the time of ovulation.The discomfort is similar to that experienced during a pap smear.

They decided to start with IUI and see what happened. After the second cycle of IUI, Michelle had a positive pregnancy test and they now have a healthy baby boy.

Typical costs for IUI

As Justin and Michelle are eligible for Medicare rebates, an IUI treatment typically costs $2,056 including medication and the treatment itself, including day hospital fees. As they have already reached their Medicare Safety Net, Medicare provided a rebate of up to $669.70. 

Your costs will vary depending on your treatment plan, your Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund. If you’d like to find out more, talk with our Community Liaison Administrator by calling 1800 111 483.

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