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IUI question
Ash820 posted:
I am going to talk to my doctor about IUI next week. My husband travels for work and is gone for half of the month and it seems that he will miss my fertile period for the next several months (we have already been trying 11 months). I am on clomid for luteal phase issues and it is working well. My husband had a SA and all was normal. I guess my question is.... can IUI be performed with frozen sperm? DH will not be home to give a fresh sample when I am ovulating. Thanks!
fiannakyn responded:
I believe it can. I assume so cause thats how single women do it with purchased sperm from a sperm bank and IUI.
mfregoso responded:
Hi Ash820,

It can be done, however 50% of the sperm dies when it is thawed.

Does DH have good numbers?
Susannah D Copland, MD, MS responded:
Intrauterine insemination with frozen sperm can help many couples with travel concerns continue fertility treatment. While half the sperm does not survive the freeze and thaw, the sperm that does survive maintains good pregnancy rates. In studies of women under 35 using donor sperm due to lack of male partner or partner without sperm, the pregnancy rate was 18.5% per cycle (just slightly less that the 20-25% per cycle quoted as the normal rate of conception). The chance of pregnancy success declines with the age of the female partner (12% per cycle for women 35-40; 5% per cycle for women > 40). Frozen sperm can provide flexibility and good pregnancy rates for couples who travel. Good Luck!
An_191499 replied to Susannah D Copland, MD, MS's response:
We are considering IUI. My husband's sperm count is drastically declining. What are the reasons for this decline? Also, is there a difference if you are doing IUI with frozen sperm or live sperm?

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