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You will be able to return home fairly soon after artificial insemination treatment. Some women experience cramping during and immediately after the procedure, particularly if sperm is inserted into the uterus. However, this subsides fairly quickly and you're unlikely to feel much discomfort.

Although IUI treatment is minimally invasive, you are still advised to avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. However, the recovery time from artificial insemination is, on the whole, very short. Indeed, many women feel no different after the treatment to how they did before.

Intrauterine insemination is a relatively low risk fertility procedure. The chances of complications are remote, although things do occasionally go wrong. It's possible for the treatment to cause infection, and there is a slight risk of puncturing the uterus during the IUI process. There is a also a slim chance of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) if superovulation (drug-induced production of multiple eggs) is used alongside insemination.

If you do feel uncomfortable after artificial insemination or you are worried about the treatment, don't hesitate in contacting your IUI clinic. Although side effects are rare, when they do occur, they can usually be addressed very quickly with early treatment.

There are no special guidelines for what to do after intrauterine insemination to increase your chances of conception. You should go about your normal day to day activities, and simply keep your fingers crossed.

Some women believe they should lie down as much as possible after IUI treatment to encourage a positive result. Although this will make no difference in the days after artificial insemination, it may make a difference immediately after the treatment. Several studies have suggested that women who lie down for 15 minutes after having sperm inserted directly into their uterus have a higher percentage of falling pregnant. Indeed, most IUI clinics will instruct you to do this.

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