Getting ready for IUI
To complete an IUI, a doctor will manually insert a sperm sample into the uterus. From there, the sperm can travel to the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Before the IUI, the clinic washes the sperm to separate the healthiest sperm. The doctor may also prescribe hormone medication to increase egg production, although several factors determine success. On average, pregnancy rates can get as high as 20%. After an IUI, there’s a high level of anxiety that follows. What are the signs of pregnancy? What should hopeful women expect?
A false start
For starters, some women experience fatigue, nausea, and bloating. Sometimes, these signs come immediately after the IUI. Hormone medication increases ovulation but has a few side effects. These side effects can mimic pregnancy symptoms. However, pregnancy does not start immediately after IUI. Over time, there are a few signs that can help women reach for a pregnancy test.
Once the sperm fertilizes the egg, the new embryo travels to the uterus. From there, the egg implants into the uterine wall. Some of the uterine wall can drop off, called implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding looks like light spotting and cramps for a few days. Bleeding can happen between 4-12 days after the IUI but should not be mistaken for pregnancy. This 2-week period is a delicate starting point for pregnancy. In the days and weeks following implantation, there will be more pregnancy symptoms.
A pause on periods
As time goes on, women who’ve had an IUI will experience a missed period. A missed period will only happen after a successful implantation. A missed period is usually the first sign of a successful pregnancy. There may still be some spotting from the uterine wall. However, if there are no apparent signs of a period, this could be a sign of a possible pregnancy.
Here come the typical pregnancy symptoms
The body will continue to produce hormones like hCG to support the embryo. As a result, women tend to experience a series of pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness or nausea during the day is quite familiar with an aversion to some smells and food. Other common signs include fatigue, weakness, and tenderness in the breasts. While these symptoms can come fast and furious, some women may not get these symptoms at all.
Look out for the delicate signs
IUI continues to give hope to the hopeless. While the procedure is a simple one, there is a delicate 2-week period where anything can happen. Some women may experience bleeding, nausea, and other symptoms while not pregnant. Others can be pregnant with no signs. With a doctor’s guidance, a pregnancy test after suspected implantation could help confirm pregnancy. Practice the same self-care habits as in healthy pregnancy and get continued medical support.