Pros and cons of IUI

Infertility Specialist David Tourgeman, MD, explains what IUI is and what the pros and cons are for a couple struggling to conceive of having an IUI
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Pros and cons of IUI

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IUI or intrauterine insemination is a way to time ovulation, trigger the release of the egg and perform a wash on the sperm and then place that sperm into the uterus. That´s the intrauterine insemination. The advantages of doing something like this that it does decrease some of the variability and timing issues. It does optimize the number of eggs and the number sperm at the right time and the right place. It is relatively inexpensive. The cons would be that it is not hugely as effective as something like invitro fertilization. So for example, an intrauterine insemination may be effective about 20% of the time in someone that is 30 years old for example. Invitro fertilization on the other hand or IVF is a procedure by which mutliple follicles are stimulated to grow. Under anesthesia, the eggs are extracted from the follicles. They are then fertilized by the husband´s sperm. The embryos now are grown for a number of days before they are placed into the uterus. The biggest advantage is statistical. And that is in that same 30 year old woman, we could easily appreciate a 50 to 60% pregnancy rate. The disadvantages are that it requires a procedure. It requires sometimes injectable medications and it is costly.

Infertility Specialist David Tourgeman, MD, explains what IUI is and what the pros and cons are for a couple struggling to conceive of having an IUI

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David Tourgeman, MD

Infertility Specialist

Education
 - Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara.
 Medical School: University of Southern California.
 Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital. 
Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Board Certification 
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
 Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Academic Appointments
 - Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
 University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Hospital Affiliations 
- Huntington Memorial Hospital 
St. John’s Health Center.

Awards
 - Wyeth-Ayest Award of the Pacific coast Reproductive Society, April 1999. 
Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2000
. Ortho- Mcneil Poster Award Obstetrical and Gynecological Assembly of Southern California, February 2011.
 Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001. 
Fellow Award, co-author Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001.

Professional Organizations - 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
 Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Areas of Research and Publication
 - Assisted reproductive technologies and oocyte donation in women of advanced
 reproductive age. 
Advanced reproductive fertility surgery. 
Alternatives for enhancing embryo implantation
. Evaluation of ovulation induction agents. 
Vaginal hormone administration.

Languages Spoken
 - English, 
French, &
 Spanish.

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