My husband has thyroid problems and a varicocele. We’ve tried IUI 6 times. What now?

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Unfortunately, IUI cycles tend to have a lower rate of success than we want, usually in the range of 10-20% per cycle, though it’s standard-of-care to suggest 3-6 IUIs before moving on.

IVF with Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) should provide a success rate that is at least 3-4x better. Recent improvements in lab techniques have been shown to lower DNA fragmentation rates to ensure higher fertilization rates in eggs.

But you’re doing the right thing: getting yourself organized before taking this next, important step.

Thyroid control should happen quickly. But the effects of varicocele repair can take 3-9 months….and still not make a difference.

If you really aren’t certain what to do, get a second opinion if you can.

You’re about to embark on a new approach (surgery? IVF? both?). Before doing so, you want to be certain that you’re getting the best advice possible.

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