Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is a fertility procedure that involves placing your partners or donor’s washed sperm directly into the uterus by using a fine, flexible tube (catheter) attached to a syringe. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete and is usually painless; however some woman may experience temporary, menstrual-like cramping.
Insemination is performed at time of ovulation; we are able to determine this by monitoring your menstrual cycle with regular blood test and ultrasound scans. IUI can be performed with or without drugs.
Studies show that IUI, or artificial insemination, is most successful when it is coupled with fertility drugs that recruit multiple follicles. This technique often is called controlled ovarian stimulation and IUI.
IUI sometimes is recommended for couples (with unspecified infertility) who have been trying to have a baby for six to 12 months. You should have a thorough infertility evaluation before trying IUI.