First Period After Failed IUI

First period after failed IUI
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Failing in IUI can be a depressing issue. However, there is still hope, as you can always try for IUI or IVF again. So, don’t worry too much about failing an IUI cycle.

As you might already know, your menstrual cycle will resume, and you will get your period a few days or weeks after a failed IUI. You can also try again for IUI only after you have at least one menstrual cycle.

From this, you can understand how important your first period is after a failed IUI. In this article, we will discuss all about your first period after a failed IUI and some healthcare tips you can follow to maintain your well-being after a failed IUI cycle.

Understanding The Menstrual Cycle Post-Failed IUI

Generally, women who had a failed IUI will have their first period about 10 to 14 days after the insemination procedure. This time is actually equal to the average time it will take for you to confirm whether your IUI was a success. 

So, when you take a pregnancy test after 2 weeks of insemination and get a negative result, you will mostly get your period soon after. 

However, there are some factors that can delay your period after a failed IUI. These factors differ for each individual, and the extent of their influence depends on your health and fertility condition. 

Below are some major factors that can play a part in delaying your period after IUI. 

Fertility Medications:


If you were given fertility medications to stimulate ovulation during your IUI cycle, you might sometimes experience a delay in your periods. This is because fertility medications, in essence, are hormonal injections that alter your hormone levels and induce your ovaries to produce more eggs. 

In such a case, the sudden hormonal changes can interfere with your menstrual cycle and delay your period after a failed IUI. 

If You Already have Irregular Periods:


If you already had irregular menstrual cycles even before IUI, there are chances you might experience delayed periods after a failed IUI. 

Other than these two factors, some other factors like stress, anxiety, and other medical conditions can influence when you get your period after a failed IUI. 

So, if you don’t get your period about two or three weeks after an IUI procedure, visit your infertility doctor and identify the issue.

Is The First Period After A Failed IUI Painful?

The first period after a failed IUI can be more painful and intense than your regular menstruation.

Your body would have undergone several hormonal changes during the IUI procedure. Moreover, the minimally invasive insemination procedure might also be a bit painful for you.

All these factors can make your first period painful. The period might also be heavier and last longer than your regular menstrual period. You might also experience other symptoms like cramping, bloating, soreness, etc.

Self-Care Tips For Physical And Emotional Well-Being

An IUI failure can be hard to get through. But it is not the end of your journey. Here are some self-care tips you should follow to improve your physical and emotional well-being.

Use period pain management techniques


If your period pain is intense, you can use coping techniques like heating pads, painkillers (with your doctor’s approval), deep breathing, meditation, etc.

Take adequate rest


The IUI procedure can be physically and emotionally draining. So, give yourself a well-deserved break, take some rest, relax, and prepare yourself for the next IUI cycle. 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle


Ensure you eat a proper diet, do regular exercises, and stay away from unhealthy habits. This will help you prepare your body for the next IUI cycle and increase your chances of pregnancy. 

Don’t hesitate to get professional help


If you feel like you can’t cope with your periods after a failed IUI, seek your fertility doctor and get the necessary treatments. 

Why Choose Dr. Rukkayal For Your IUI Treatments

Apart from your health and fertility condition, you must also choose the best fertility doctor to have a higher success rate in your fertility treatments.

With over 11+ years of experience in the field, advanced fertility techniques, and hi-tech equipment, Dr. Rukkayal is the first and last step you need to take to have a successful IUI procedure.


Failing your IUI cycle and having your first period can be a complicated experience. Remember that the number of days it will take to get your first period and the intensity of your period will differ for each person based on their health and body condition.

Consult your fertility doctor if you have any concerns. Don’t take matters into your own hands and complicate things. Your fertility doctors will stay by your side and guide you through your IUI journey.


Yes, there are chances of you having an early period after a failed IUI. This might happen if your ovulation happened earlier and the insemination was performed during the later stages of your ovulation.

Yes, the first period after a failed IUI will usually be painful. This is mainly due to the hormonal imbalance, excess stress, and physical strain your body undergoes during the IUI procedure.

This is normal, and your cramps will return to normal after one or two menstrual cycles. Consult your fertility doctor if the pain is too much to bear.

Yes, though minimal, there are chances of having a natural pregnancy after a failed IUI in some couples. This mainly occurs in couples who had minor fertility issues that were treated when they underwent the IUI procedure.

Dr. Rukkayal Fathima
Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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