The next step after failed IUI treatment

IUI treatment is commonly recommended by many gynaecologists to patients who have been unsuccessful at conceiving in the natural way. However, very often the IUI procedure is not successful and after a number of attempts many couple give.  The question that they now have in their mind is what is the next step after failed IUI treatment? Is there some other option to get pregnant?




After a year of two or trying to have a baby many couples feel they should discuss the situation with a doctor. Their first thought is that there could be some medical reasons that she is not able to get pregnant. The common practice of many gynaecologists is to recommend IUI. Some doctors do not even check and see if this will help the couple, which leads in the failure of the couple getting pregnant.

Other options of fertility treatment

Many doctors do not inform their patients that there are many different options for fertility treatment that are available to them and IUI is not the only one. Even if you have failed many IUI cycles you can successfully conceive with other fertility treatments like IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) or ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection).

In the IUI procedure the washed sperm is injected into the uterus on the day of ovulation. The IVF procedure is the fertilisation of the egg outside the body, which is then implanted in the uterus. ICSI procedure involves a healthy sperm being injected directly into the mature egg. The doctor decides the best procedure based on the reproductive health of both partners.

When a woman is not able to conceive it can be due to some problem with the reproductive system that is not allowing her to get pregnant or hold the pregnancy. So if you are wondering if you should give up after many failed IUI attempts – the answer is ‘no’. There is still hope with other procedures and treatments for conceiving.

Many doctors have misled patients by advising and encouraging them to undergo the IUI procedure and not being up front about the low success rate of the treatment. Over and above that when the IUI treatment fails they keep encouraging the patients to try again instead to advising them of other available options and referring them to a fertility specialist. This has resulted in many couples loosing precious time and wasting money on a procedure that was not meant for their medical condition.

The next step after failed IUI treatment

The next step…

After failed IUI treatment the next step is to explore other fertility options and not lose hope.

There are many reputed fertility clinics with the latest technology and knowhow that are helping many childless couples to successfully have a baby.

Is there any other hope for getting pregnant if IUI has failed?

Based on your medical conditions a fertility specialist can advise you of fertility treatment options that can help you realise your dream for a baby.

What are the other treatment options when IUI hasn’t been successful?

Most commonly doctors advise IVF or ICSI procedures for patients who have not been able to get pregnant through IUI treatment.

How long do you have to wait after IUI to try IVF?

The two procedures are different and hence you do not have to bother about giving a gap between them. The fertility procedures are determined by the health of the reproductive system and the reproductive cycle.

Does IUI treatment affect or reduce the chance of success with IVF or other methods of conception?

The IUI procedure does not in any way affect your chances of getting successfully pregnant through other methods of conception.

What do you do after IUI failure?

Many people wonder what the next step is after the IUI treatment failure. Is there something else that you can try that can help with the fertility issues you are facing? There are many other IVF options. A good doctor will suggest ICSI or some other fertility treatment. The alternate options vary from person to person and it is best is to consult with a fertility specialist.

The IUI cycle is usually advised when the quality of sperm is poor. The poor quality of sperm is determined by a number of factors. If the sperm has poor morphology then even if the sperm is able to reach the egg it is not able to penetrate it. This is because the sperm is abnormally shaped and the sperm head cannot do the job it is supposed to. In this kind of situation and IUI procedure will result in an unsuccessful pregnancy attempt.

Many patients opt for IUI as it is a low cost treatment. Most of the time the doctors are aware beforehand, that the possibility of the success is minimal. But patients still insist on it. Taking the doctor’s advice and trying the IVF treatment will save you money in the long run. In the event of the IUI failure patients will finally have to go for IVF treatment. So instead of paying money for both treatments you can save money by getting a second opinion and then making your decision based on the judgement of multiple fertility doctors.

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