Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

What is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm directly into the uterus during the time of ovulation to facilitate fertilization.  Before the insemination procedure, you may take fertility medicine to stimulate your ovulation period and increase the chances of fertilization. This process shortens the time and distance a sperm has to travel up the fallopian tube and makes it easier to fertilize the egg. 

How does IUI work?

Before IUI takes place, medications may be used to stimulate ovulation, which requires careful monitoring to determine when the eggs are mature. The IUI procedure will then be performed around the time of ovulation, which is generally about 24-36 hours after the LH hormone increases, which indicates that ovulation will occur soon.

the lab washes a semen sample and separates it from the seminal fluid. Then the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus with a catheter. This process maximizes the possibility of conception by increasing the number of sperm cells that are placed in the uterus.

The IUI procedure takes only a few minutes and involves minimal discomfort.

How Successful is IUI?

Several things play a part in the likelihood of IUI’s success. Success rates may reach as high as 20% per cycle if a couple has the IUI procedure performed each month. The depending variables are the female’s age, the reason for infertility, and whether fertility drugs were used, among other variables.

Pregnancy rates for IUI are lower than those from IVF, but IUI is a less invasive and less expensive option. If you think you may be interested in IUI, you can call our office to set up a consultation and discuss with our doctors.

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