Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the most common type of artificial insemination. IUI is most often prescribed as an infertility treatment in cases where couples have been unsuccessfully attempting to have a baby for at least a year and other causes of infertility have been ruled out. In IUI, semen is washed of its seminal plasma and injected directly into the uterus.
Because sexual intercourse only allows for a small percentage of the sperm to travel successfully through a woman’s genital and reproductive tract, artificial insemination by IUI was developed to dramatically increase the number of sperm reaching the fallopian tubes in order to increase the chances for fertilization. The IUI process bypasses the cervix, allowing the sperm to target the ovaries without being slowed or stopped by the lower portions of the reproductive tract. When IUI is used in conjunction with ultrasound to track follicular development, the procedure can be timed to maximize the chances for getting pregnant.
Fertility drugs are often employed during IUI treatment to produce a condition known as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. Studies have shown that this substantially increases the success rate of the IUI procedure.
The price for an artificial insemination procedure using intrauterine insemination (IUI) will be considerably less than the prices of other infertility treatments. The cost is lower because the procedure is much less involved than most infertility treatments, such as IVF. Please call us or come and visit our fertility clinics if you are considering artificial insemination. We will be happy to discuss financing options available for artificial insemination as well as to assist you with any other questions you might have.
The process may vary on case-to-case basis but typically involves
Ovarian Stimulation – a woman usually produces one egg from her ovaries during normal ovulation. In order to increase the chances of fertilization during IUI, our specialist may give her fertility medicine at the start of her menstrual cycle to encourage multiple eggs release.
Follicular Monitoring – An ultrasound will be utilized to confirm your ovulation. Our specialist will provide you with a customized treatment plan, in terms of the IUI timing which usually occurs within a day or two of the ovulation.
Sperm Collection – As ovulation occurs, the semen sample will be collected from the husband and will be washed and prepared in our laboratory for insemination.
Insemination – The sperm will be introduced into the uterus through a thin catheter.From start to finish, the IUI takes twenty minutes, and you are welcome to continue about your day after the procedure has concluded. Many women describe the experience as similar to a Pap smear.