Lying Still after Artificial Insemination Improves Pregnancy Rates
Researchers in the Netherlands investigated the relationship of post-insemination positioning to the chances of conception.
A total of 391 couples, aged 18 to 43, participated in the study. Receiving up to three cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI), the treatment group consisted of women who remained lying in A hospital bed for 15 minutes after the procedure, while the control group consisted of women who were asked to walk around.
Results show that successful pregnancies in the treatment group were up by 50 percent. The pregnancy rate for the treatment group was higher at 27 percent compared to the control group at 17 percent.
The researchers explained that immobilization prevented the leakage of sperm within the female genital tract and thereby increased the odds of pregnancy. They recommended that immediate immobilization be done as a standard procedure. However, factors such as the optimal length of immobilization and the use of fertility drugs and their relationship to the results warrants further investigation. They also noted that the overall pregnancy rate in this study was lower than that in the UK.
If confirmed, immobilization may turn out to be economical for couples who may otherwise need the more expensive in vitro fertilization procedure.
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