Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This procedure is performed when there are problems with the sperm.
This treatment aims to improve the chances of fertilization by increasing the number of healthy sperm that reach the Fallopian tubes on the day when the woman is most fertile. This procedure is performed when there are minor problems with the sperm, such as low count or low motility, or an incompatibility between the sperm and the cervical mucus.
It can also be performed in combination with ovulation induction medications to improve the chance of success. IUI increases the chance of pregnancy because the sperm are placed directly in the uterus, bypassing the cervix and improving the delivery of the sperm to the egg. IUI, in combination with ovulation induction, is the first step in treating unexplained infertility. This treatment helps address both male and female factors that were not identified in testing. Sperm is collected, washed using centrifugation steps, concentrated, loaded into a catheter, and placed into the uterine cavity around the time of ovulation.
IUI is a relatively painless procedure that requires only a few minutes to perform and gives patients the option to resume their daily activities immediately following the procedure.