If you're considering IUI or IVF, read our strategies to increase your success.

Strategies to Increase Your IUI / IVF Success

Infertility is a problem that affects millions of couples worldwide. Thankfully, there are now many different treatment options available, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).

While these procedures can be very successful, they are not without their challenges. One of the biggest challenges is the cost. IVF can cost upwards of $20,000 per cycle, while IUI can cost around $1,000 per cycle.

Another challenge is the success rate. While the success rate of IVF is around 40%, the success rate of IUI is around 20%.

If you are considering IVF or IUI, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success.

1. Choose the Right Clinic

When you are looking for a clinic, it is important to choose one that has a good success rate. You can ask your doctor for recommendations, or you can look online for reviews.

It is also important to make sure that the clinic you choose is accredited by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). This accreditation means that the clinic meets certain standards for safety and quality.

2. Get a Second Opinion

If you have been trying to conceive for a while without success, it might be a good idea to get a second opinion from a different fertility specialist. This way, you can make sure that you are getting the best possible care.

3. Manage Your Weight

If you are overweight or obese, it can impact your fertility. In fact, one study found that obese women were 40% less likely to conceive with IVF than women of normal weight.

If you are struggling to lose weight, there are a few things you can do. First, try to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. If you are still having trouble, you can talk to your doctor about weight loss medication or surgery.

4. Quit Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health in general, but it can also have a negative impact on your fertility. Women who smoke are more likely to have difficulty conceiving than women who don’t smoke.

If you smoke, it is important to quit. You can talk to your doctor about ways to quit, such as medication or counseling.

5. Reduce Your Stress Level

Stress can have a negative impact on your hormones, which can make it more difficult to conceive. If you are trying to conceive, it is important to find ways to reduce your stress levels.

There are a few things you can do to reduce stress, such as exercise, yoga, and meditation. You can also try to make time for things you enjoy, such as hobbies or spending time with friends and family.

6. Take Supplements

Some supplements can help to improve fertility. For example, Co-enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that has been shown to improve egg quality. Omega-3 fatty acids can also improve fertility.

Whether by choice or necessity, many people trying to conceive go through fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF.

Success rates for these treatments can feel a little scary sometimes: around 50% per IVF treatment, and 5-20% per cycle for IUI in people under 35.

Follow along to learn how to embark on your IVF/IUI journey with a healthy and relaxed mindset.

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About the Speakers

‍⚕️Meir Olcha, MD

Dr. Meir Olcha is a double board-certified OBGYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist.

His current research focuses on improving access to fertility care as well as identifying genetic causes of implantation and pregnancy failure.

He has published in numerous prestigious medical journals, has been awarded both federally funded and private grants, and has been invited to give talks at national fertility conferences throughout the country.

‍⚕️ Ashley M. Eskew, MD, MSCI

Dr. Eskew is double board certified in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She has an active clinical practice in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Eskew is also co-founder of OvulifeMD, a digital education company that provides women and men with an evidence-based approach to optimizing lifestyle factors that influence fertility and reproductive outcomes.

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