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Repeated IUI Failures

Multiple IUI Failure - Symptoms & Treatment

Being a parent is one of the most beautiful experiences of life. On the other hand, failure after repeated attempts at conception can be extremely frustrating. Medical assistance in the process of conception comes in handy.

One such process which increases the chances of conception in infertile couples is IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). In the normal course, sperm from the semen ejaculated by male has to travel up to the uterus after travelling through the vagina and the cervix before ultimately reaching the fallopian tubes after passing through the uterus. However, in IUI the sperm extracted from male is directly placed in the woman’s uterus to increase its proximity to the egg.

The success rate of IUI is about 5-10% of all the cases. Repeated failure of IUI even after 3-4 cycles of artificial insemination can result in the accumulation of a lot of financial and emotional baggage.
Causes of IUI Failures:
To overcome the obstacle created by these different reasons, Oocyte Donation is opted for in IVF.
Repeated IUI Failures
So, what are the options which the patients are left with when IUI fails consistently? IVF/ICSI has shown an increased rate of conception. The success rate of ICSI in a well selected case is as high as 60-70% per cycle.

There are few things which need to be taken into consideration in case of repeated IUI failure. Understanding the basic reason behind the failure of the process is of prime importance. Couples must prefer visiting advanced fertility centers which offer IVF/ICSI options which will help them in conceiving successfully.

Fast Facts:

Recommended Procedures after Repeated IUI Failures can be-

An attempt at
IVF treatment

Considering ICSI in cases
of male infertility

Scheduling a consultation with a fertility counsellor

Understanding failed IUI cycles from an expert


Why does IUI fail?
One of the most common reasons for IUI failure is poor sperm quality. In most cases, poorly motile sperms are not strong enough to reach the fallopian tubes and complete the process of fertilization. On the other hand, the timing of IUI plays a crucial role; that means if the sperm transfer is due within 12-24 hours of ovulation, the egg present in the fallopian tube will disintegrate.
Next step after failed IUI
Patients who have had two or more failed IUIs are more likely to consider IVF. Given the high success rates of IUI, several couples opt for three or more cycles before attempting IVF.
How many times should you try IUI treatment before switching to IVF?
Fertility experts recommend three rounds of IUI before considering IVF for women under 35; however, this recommendation can go up to six in carefully selected cases. Given that age has a significant impact on fertility, this recommendation will likely be lower if you are over 35.
Should I go for IVF or IUI?
Fertilization occurs in the body through IUI, whereas during IVF, fertilization takes place in the lab. Generally, IUI may be the only treatment needed. But fertility specialists may suggest IVF if IUI does not work.
Is IUI time-consuming and painful?
The insemination procedure is pretty quick and takes about 5-10 minutes. You don’t need anesthesia as IUI is usually not painful, but some people may experience symptoms of mild cramping.
Is bed rest required after IUI?
Bed rest for 10 and 20 min after intrauterine insemination has a positive effect on the pregnancy rates, but complete bed rest after IUI is not required.


Egg retrieval is the first step in IVF, where the mother’s eggs are extracted from her ovaries, after she takes hormone-inducing medications, to fertilize them in a lab with sperm. The resultant embryos are inserted back into the uterus for implantation.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is among the most frequently employed infertility treatments for couples who have been unable to conceive. While IUI benefits many couples, it is not always an assured remedy for all. Therefore one must be aware of why IUI fails and what should be done afterwards.

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