IUI, OR INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION, IS A SIMPLE FERTILITY TREATMENT.
THE PROCEDURE ITSELF INVOLVES TRANSFERRING SPECIALLY WASHED SEMEN DIRECTLY INTO THE UTERUS VIA A THIN CATHETER.
The procedure is pretty simple. If you’re using a sperm donor, the donor sperm will be thawed and prepared. If not, your partner will come into the clinic that day with you and give a semen sample.
If your partner is not present—or, if he had difficulty providing a sample in the past—your partner may provide the semen sample before IUI day. In this case, if the sample is frozen, it will be thawed and prepared.
Semen contains more than just sperm. In laboratory semen goes through a special “washing” procedure. This takes out the impurities and leaves only what’s needed for conception.
A catheter—a small, thin tube—will be placed in your cervix. You may have some mild cramping, similar to what you might feel during a pap smear.
The specially washed semen will then be transferred into your uterus via the catheter.
IUI treatment may be recommended for any of the following situations:
- Hostile cervical mucus
- Unexplained infertility
- If treatment with fertility drugs alone is not successful
- If a sperm donor is being used
IUI IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Severe endometriosis
- Previous pelvic infection