Women with PCOS Have Higher Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Success Rates Compared to Women with Other Causes of Infertility

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New statistics from Shady Grove Fertility show that women with ovulatory dysfunction are more likely to conceive using IUI treatment compared to women with other conditions that cause infertility using the same treatment approach.

IUI Stats 2015

Rachana Garde, M.D. of Shady Grove Fertility's Woodbridge and Annandale, Virginia offices.

As a center of excellence, we take pride in bringing the most advanced and cutting-edge research to our community.

Shady Grove Fertility, the nation’s largest fertility center, released the center’s 2015 success rates for patients undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI). Women who have ovulatory dysfunction, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), have the best chances of success with IUI compared to infertility resulting from other causes. PCOS is the most common ovulatory disorder affecting one in 10 women. For women 25 to 35 years old whom have an ovulatory dysfunction like PCOS, the pregnancy rate is just over 25 percent—an impressive increase over the natural pregnancy rate of 20%. However, just like the natural pregnancy rate, these numbers will decline as age increases.

Shady Grove Fertility believes in a stepped approach to treatment that will be determined after preliminary testing to discover the underlying cause of a patient’s infertility. Intrauterine insemination is one of the simpler “low-tech” treatments for infertility, typically following unsuccessful attempts with timed intercourse and intercourse with an oral medication like clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Serophene) to improve ovulatory function. Patients who have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, mild male factor infertility, a cervical factor, irregular or absent ovulation, and PCOS are often good candidates for IUI.

“For women struggling with PCOS our findings are certainly good news. Low-tech options like IUI are a more affordable and less physically taxing treatment option for patients. This less stressful option is surely significant for patients dealing with the challenging infertility process,” said Rachana Garde, M.D. of the Woodbridge and Annandale, Virginia offices. “As a center of excellence, we take pride in bringing the most advanced and cutting-edge research to our community. Our 2015 IUI success rates is a helpful guide for patients with PCOS who are trying to build their families.”

During the IUI process, the physician will place a concentrated amount of sperm inside the uterus. This is done by inserting a speculum into the vagina where then a soft, thin catheter is passed through the cervix opening and into the uterus. The outpatient procedure is quick and painless and the patient can resume normal, daily activities immediately. Shady Grove Fertility’s comprehensive website provides more details about the procedure, including an FAQ sheet that can help patients learn more about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

About Shady Grove Fertility
Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorates 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and celebrates over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 34 reproductive endocrinologists, supported by a highly specialized team of 600 urologists, Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.

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