What is Intrauterine insemination (IUI)?
We most often recommend IUI when the male partner’s semen analysis comes back abnormal, with either low count or low motility (movement), and we determine he has male factor infertility.
We also recommend it for a couple whose routine tests came back normal, but they are still unable to get pregnant on their own. IUI is often one of the first treatments we try because it is less invasive and more affordable than in vitro fertilization (IVF).
How IUI Works
IUI can be performed to coincide with a woman’s natural ovulation cycle (no fertility medication), or in an ovulation induction cycle (the woman takes medication to help her grow an egg).
- Frozen samples are thawed, or a sperm sample is obtained on site at our office
- The sample is prepared and washed to remove any non-moving sperm
- The remaining sperm is re-suspended in a small volume
- Sperm is placed at the top part of the uterus using a small catheter
- Patients rest on the exam table for 10 minutes to allow the sperm to reach the fallopian tubes
IUI is a simple procedure is performed in our office. It’s comparable to a pap test, with no anesthesia and no restrictions on activity afterwards. We recommend that patients wait 14 days before taking a pregnancy test.
If you’re having trouble conceiving on your own, intrauterine insemination might help you realize your dream of starting a family. Contact us to learn more!