IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is also known as artificial insemination. A large number of sperm (millions of sperm) are placed directly in the uterus just before and during ovulation.
Sperm samples are first washed with media and then concentrated to increase the number of sperm to be used for IUI, thus increasing the chances for conception.
IUI can be used in conjunction with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) and ovulation induction (OI). In this, the woman uses medication to induce ovulation. IUI and COH also increase chances for conception. Generally, if no pregnancy is achieved after three to six treatment cycles, our physicians may recommend IVF, and/or surgery to diagnose and possibly correct a condition contributing to a couples infertility. We recommend that our patients schedule a consult with our physicians after three treatment cycles.
Success with IUI depends the woman's age, total motile sperm count of her partner and other factors related to the woman’s reproductive health such as the health of her fallopian tubes.