Whether it’s your first intrauterine insemination (IUI) or your fifth, the prospect of a successful pregnancy can be exciting -- and a little terrifying, too. Success rates vary from person to person, but overall, a few IUI cycles can offer a very high chance of pregnancy -- particularly for couples with unexplained infertility. So what can you expect after IUI? Here’s what you need to know.
A subject no one really likes to talk about is infertility. It’s one of those taboo topics that can get really emotional for some people, and often leads to uncomfortable questions and thoughts. The truth of the matter however, is that anyone dealing with infertility is not alone. There shouldn’t be so much anxiety and fear about discussing a matter that affects so many people.
One in eight couples has trouble getting or staying pregnant. Yet many struggle for years without help. Only about 11% of people with fertility difficulties seek assistance from an infertility specialist. For some, it’s because they worry that a fertility specialist will cost too much. Others avoid fertility treatment because they think doing so means they are giving up. Don’t allow fear to color your decisions. Hiring an infertility specialist may be the best decision you ever make.
Struggling to start a family can be incredibly difficult on anyone. The placing of blame and all the unknowns -- infertility can cause more heartbreak, stress, and turmoil in a relationship than most other things can. At some point you may find yourselves needing the guidance and care of infertility specialists.
Trying to make a baby is an emotional roller coaster. During your first two-week wait, you or your partner might spend endless hours scouring the Internet for every sign of pregnancy. You might feel exhilarated, certain that a pregnancy is just around the corner. You may also feel a touch of anxiety, as you wonder if you’ll become a parent this month, this year, or even this decade.
It is not an easy task to find a doctor that is a complete fit for you. On top of the overwhelming amount of options you are presented with, the subject matter that you are dealing with is already stressful enough as it is.
We live in an age wherein fewer and fewer topics remain taboo. In today’s world, so many issues are becoming openly discussed and debated for the first time, opening up the possibility for a greater understanding on all sides and -- perhaps -- even some necessary steps forward in the near future.
Looking back on where infertility treatment options first started out, doctors really only started making headway when they stopped considering it an issue that was put upon people by God. Up until the 1800’s, when couples had difficulty conceiving, the blame was automatically put on the woman and the sins she had committed in her past. Once doctors started looking at infertility from a scientific perspective, the bricks that would eventually become the path to in vitro fertilization started to be placed. To begin this process, they had to start with the basics.