Fertility problems: Is IUI right for you?

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So you want to get pregnant and "traditional methods" aren't working? Then you may want to talk to your...

So you want to get pregnant and "traditional methods" aren't working? Then you may want to talk to your Atlanta-area obstetrician or fertility specialist about IUI or intrauterine insemination. According to the Mayo Clinic, this process may take three to six months to work. Since you have probably endured a long journey trying to conceive, this may feel frustrating and produce anxiety. It's important to remember that stressing out will only make conception more challenging. So take a deep breath and consider how IUI might help you achieve your dream of becoming a mom.

Timing is everything

To begin the IUI process, you will have to learn more about your monthly cycle than just when you are expecting your period. Your doctor will help you determine when you are ovulating, and you will likely be inseminated the next day. The Mayo Clinic notes that the insemination procedure is painless and takes place at your Atlanta-area doctor's office. The hardest part will be waiting until you can take a pregnancy test. About two weeks post-insemination, you should get accurate results either with a home pregnancy test or by taking a blood test at your doctor's office.

Boost your success rate

There is no guarantee that IUI will work for you. According to AmericanPregnancy.org, intrauterine insemination works about 10 to 20 percent of the time per cycle. Since much of this process is outside of your control, focus on what you can do to boost your success rate.

Start by evaluating your health and the health of your partner. According to the Mayo Clinic, staying at a healthy weight through diet and exercise is a must. Take this as an opportunity to bond with your partner. Try cooking healthy meals at home and staying active together.

Additionally, to boost fertility, you and your partner will also want to avoid smoking, keep your stress levels in check and cut down on caffeine and alcohol consumption. But don't think of these limitations as cutting out fun; this is about improving your chances of getting pregnant.

Good luck in your journey to have a baby! And no matter what, don't lose sight of the fact that there are many other options for you if IUI is not successful.

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