Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
If you have tried for months to get pregnant without success or if you have unexplained infertility, you may need a little help. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) might be the right procedure to give you a head start on the conception process.
What is IUI?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the oldest forms of fertility treatment, and it is still successful today. During IUI, a catheter is placed into your uterus through which sperm will be injected during ovulation in order to encourage pregnancy. This process places the sperm closer to the egg, giving it a better chance of reaching its destination. The IUI procedure is performed in your doctor’s officer’s
Sometimes IUI is preceded by ovulation induction, medication given to encourage your ovaries to release an egg. However, if you experience regular ovulation medication may not be necessary prior to your IUI procedure.
If your partner has a low sperm count or you are a woman who is single or in a same-sex relationship, donor sperm can be used.
Am I a good candidate for IUI?
IUI can be successful for many couples, but it typically works best if your fertility factors are mild. Couples with the following conditions may benefit from IUI:
- Unexplained infertility
- Cervical factors
- A blocked fallopian tube
- Mild endometriosis
- Mild male factor (low sperm count, decreased sperm motility)