BELLINGHAMIVF

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

BELLINGHAMIVF

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Overview

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which sperm are place directly into the uterine cavity through a catheter near the time of ovulation. This procedure is performed in our clinic on properly selected patients identified by the Advanced Semen Analysis as candidates most likely to benefit from IUI. It may also be used to overcome ejaculation problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation or other medical conditions. IUI increases the chances of pregnancy because the sperm are placed directly into the uterus, bypassing the cervix and improving the delivery of the sperm to the egg.

IUI’s can be performed either with your partner’s sperm or with donor sperm. It is recommended that you abstain from sexual intercourse for two to three days before the procedure. He will provide a semen sample one to two hours before the procedure is to be performed. The semen undergoes a separation technique that identifies the best sperm in the sample. Once the sperm is prepared, it is inseminated into your uterus, which only takes a few minutes and causes little, if any, discomfort. The sperm is injected using a small catheter and once you have rested in our office for 30 minutes, you may resume normal activity.