Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination is often one of the first fertility treatments for couples who wish to become pregnant. The procedure involves placing a specially prepared sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization.
The hoped-for outcome of IUI is for the sperm to swim into the fallopian tube and fertilize a waiting egg, resulting in a normal pregnancy. Depending on the reasons for infertility, IUI can be coordinated with your normal cycle or with fertility medications.
Should this be the best treatment for your situation, our Specialist will consider this before sending you down the IVF path, potentially saving you financially and physically.
The process may vary on case-to-case basis but typically involves
Ovarian Stimulation – a woman usually produces one egg from her ovaries during normal ovulation. In order to increase the chances of fertilization during IUI, our specialist may give her fertility medicine at the start of her menstrual cycle to encourage multiple eggs release.
Follicular Monitoring – An ultrasound will be utilized to confirm your ovulation. Our specialist will provide you with a customized treatment plan, in terms of the IUI timing which usually occurs within a day or two of the ovulation.
Sperm Collection – As ovulation occurs, the semen sample will be collected from the husband and will be washed and prepared in our laboratory for insemination.
Insemination – The sperm will be introduced into the uterus through a thin catheter.From start to finish, the IUI takes twenty minutes, and you are welcome to continue about your day after the procedure has concluded. Many women describe the experience as similar to a Pap smear.