Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Treatment in Tunisia

One of the primary causes of unsuccessful attempts of pregnancies are because of improper sperm motility. For successful fertilization, huge number of healthy sperms need to travel to the ovum, henceforth which, only one sperm shall fuse resulting into a zygote. However, due to genetic or physiological anomaly, sperms in some men are not fit to successfully reach the ampullary isthmic junction and result into fusion. This may be due to reason, either insufficient number of sperm production or unfit sperms. To overcome such discrepancies, decades ago, scientists had introduced intrauterine insemination treatment, which is considered as a blessing for struggling couples.

About Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination or IUI is an advanced procedure for artificially introducing sperms from the father, into the uterus of the mother, in order to facilitate successful pregnancy. The procedure is performed by proficient practitioners who collect sperms from the father, process it in culture media in the laboratory, and then inject them directly into the mother’s uterus. The procedure thus increases the chance of successful fertilization which may lead to pregnancy. In case the sperm from the father is unfit, the same can be collected from donor and used for fertilization.

Treatment and Cost

60

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

1 Day in Hospital

59 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 1400

Hospitals

About the Intrauterine Insemination

Problems related to the sperms such as low mobility and motility can also pose a problem in natural conception. Intrauterine insemination (IUI)—a type of artificial insemination—helps the female partner conceive successfully. This treatment is one of the fertility treatments that involves placement of sperms inside the uterus to expedite fertilization.

IUI is different from IVF treatment, in which fertilization is conducted outside the womb of the mother by extracting eggs. Both IUI and IVF treatment have their own benefits.

IVF and IUI cost depends on the number of cycles that are repeated to achieve the desired results. IUI procedure in India is less costly than IVF. Sometimes, both these procedures are performed together on case-to-case basis to increase the chances of successful conception.

How is Intrauterine Insemination performed?

Usually, IUI treatment is painless and is completed in few minutes. The sperm is injected 24 to 36 hours later followed by the injection of the hormone into the womb.

The following three steps are performed during IUI procedure in India:

Step 1: Speculum (medical tool) is inserted into the vagina to keep the vaginal walls aside.

Step 2: A small catheter is threaded into the womb through cervix.

Step 3: Sperms or a single sperm is inserted through the catheter into the womb.

 

Recovery from Intrauterine Insemination

After the treatment, you may experience slight speculum bleeding. It is noticed in the routine gynaecological exam. Cramping is experienced due to the use of speculum during IUI or is could be normal cramping that occurs at the time of ovulation.

To speed up recovery after IUI, make sure that you:

  • Quit smoke, alcohol, and illegal drugs
  • Take rest for short period of time to stop bleeding
  • Take prenatal vitamins and healthy diet as advised by the doctor

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • It is cheaper and less invasive than other Associated Reproductive Therapies (ART) such as In vitro Fertilization.
  • It has a high success rate with the couples who have unexplained infertility.
  • It is like a Pap smear test and is not painful.
  • Men who have the problem of fertility can have the better chance of impregnating their partner through this procedure.

Cons:

  • Your partner needs to provide the sample within the time that is usually about 24 to 36 hours before the ovulation.

A few patients may experience discomfort in the form of pelvic pain, hot flashes, nausea, and headache because of the use of drugs administered to stimulate ovaries. In rare cases, administration of drugs may lead to swollen and painful ovaries, which could be a symptom of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). However, these side effects are mild and disappear once the medication is stopped.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Tunisia / Why should opt for Tunisia as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hospitals in Tunisia are developing and trying to meet the international standards of healthcare. Although there is a basic set up in most of the hospitals for treatment in Tunisia, one can still expect scope for improvement. The Ministry of Health, along with the Government of Tunisia is making effective changes for the healthcare sector. The private hospitals in Tunisia are also undergoing a robust change to provide effective healthcare and treatment in Tunisia.

Like most other countries, hospitals in Tunisia have a private and public healthcare system. Hospitals in Tunisia include three levels of care: primary, with a network of 81 clinics and 2091 basic health centers; secondary, with 109 district hospitals; and tertiary, with 33 regional hospitals and 24 modern CHUs, according to MoS figures.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Tunisia? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety.
In Tunisia, there are no JCI accredited hospitals but 4 private hospitals are certified ISO and OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series).
Are the doctors/surgeons in Tunisia of the best quality?
The hospitals in Tunisia have seen a constant change in terms of development and technology. Most doctors that are trained in the country understand the needs and requirements of people and are able to diagnose and treat them well. There are various surgeons that fly in from other countries as well to treat patients. This was brought about due to the economic reforms and various expats residing there. The varying levels of health organizations provide reasonable means of treatment for any patient. There are also trained paramedical and emergency service staff in this country.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Tunisia?
Patients who wish to visit Tunisia for medical purposes must contact the Embassy of Tunisia in their home country. One is required to have a valid passport. Those applicants must submit their visa application forms in person together with the following documents:
  1. A duly completed application form with one picture (within a white background).
  2. Original biometric passport and one copy. Passports should have a validity of at least one year from the date of your visa application submission.
  3. Medical certificate stating the type of illness and the treatment to be carried out. This document has to be in English or Spanish language.
  4. Letter from the hospital in Tunisia stating the appointment date and whether the treatment expenses have been already paid in full.
  5. Proof of financial means which enable the applicant to meet life needs while in Tunisia (salary certificate if working, bank statement for the last six months, property deeds, commercial license, other sorts of income).
  6. Travel insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation, etc)
  8. Applicants are advised that ALL PASSPORTS HAVE TO REMAIN at the Embassy premises while the visa application is under process (between 10 and 15 days), and therefore cannot be retrieved unless very special and urgent circumstances might arise.
  9. The Embassy has the right to require from the applicant any document that it may deem relevant in order to resolve the visa file.
What support services does MediGence provide in Tunisia?
MediGence enables you to plan and manage your medical decisions better. These are some of our services offered:
  • Expert Opinion
    We help you seek an Expert Opinion on your diagnosis and treatment from an experienced team of doctors at MediGence and specialists from a reputable hospital.
  • Hospital Recommendation
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  • 360-degree Hospital Review
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  • Doctor Validation and Communication
    We share a comprehensive profile of the treating doctor and also arrange a call to clear queries regarding treatment if needed.
  • Options to Choose From
    Based on your choice of destination and other preferences, we provide you multiple options with respect to hospitals and doctors to choose from.
  • 24X7 Patient Care Support
    A dedicated patient case manager stays in constant touch with you to help you at every step of the decision-making process and resolve queries that you may have.
  • Transparent Treatment Cost and Other Expenses
    We give a clear and accurate indication of the total cost of treatment including treatment, stay, meals, and other expenses.
  • Visa Assistance
    We provide and help prepare documentation for visa approval and coordinate with the embassy to expedite the visa process.
  • Accommodation Arrangements
    We propose to you a choice of accommodation based on your preference such as long stay, short stay, or luxury properties.
Which are the best cities in Tunisia for medical treatment?
Tunis is the largest country and capital of Tunisia. This country is located in the northern region of Africa and is the best city for treatment in Tunisia.

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