Have a long talk with your doctor about fertility medications
Some women, especially those who are over the age of 35, are advised to take fertility medications to promote “superovulation.” Superovulation boosts the chances of getting pregnant because it allows the woman’s ovary to release more egg cells.
Here’s an interesting note: Some studies suggest that the type of fertility medication can also affect the success rate of artificial insemination.
In one trial, the researchers found that a low-dose human menopausal gonadotrophin (hMG) is “superior” to clomiphene citrate (CC). They arrived at that conclusion after the women who took hMG presented a higher clinical pregnancy rate than women who had CC.
On the other hand, different research showed that the two medications had “no significant difference.”
Either way, these studies indicate that fertility medications are important, so don’t hesitate to discuss this in detail with your doctor.
Consider having IUI twice per cycle
To improve IUI success rates, you might need to have artificial insemination twice per cycle.
One research shows that women who had artificial insemination once (before ovulation) only had a pregnancy rate of 7%.
When the researchers looked into the rate of women who had insemination twice (before and after ovulation), they noted that it was higher at 26.3%.
Rest after IUI
According to reports, there is an on-going debate about whether or not a woman should get up after artificial insemination.
One study involving 400 couples revealed that women who lie down for 15 minutes after the procedure are 10% more likely to become pregnant than those who immediately got up.
Apparently, in the group of women who got up immediately, the pregnancy rate was 17%. Remarkably, the success rate in the group who lied down for 15 minutes was 27%.
Even with this study, you still need to listen to what your doctor advises you to do after the procedure.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
The success rate of artificial insemination also depends on how healthy the couple is.
Experts advise that to improve IUI success rates, couples must eat nutritious foods. That means your diet must have fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. They also emphasize the importance of being “toxin-free” by drinking lots of water daily.
It would also help if you take multivitamins. They specifically mentioned folic acid for women, but since everyone is different, you might need to talk to your doctor. Together, you can figure out the best supplements that will attend to your physical needs.
Finally, doctors highlight that it’s vital for couples to reduce stress. According to research, there is already “a lot of evidence” that shows that stress can potentially reduce the chances of getting pregnant.
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