Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as Artificial Insemination, has helped millions of infertile couples get pregnant and have healthy babies. During the IUI procedure, the fertility specialist injects the male’s sperm directly into the female’s uterus.
Getting pregnant with IUI
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant or if you are using donor sperm to conceive, you should look at IUI as a fertility treatment option. At the beginning of this procedure, the male provides a sperm sample to an andrology lab. The lab will wash, process, and concentrate his sperm into a high volume, allowing only the healthiest and mobile sperm access to fertilize your egg.
Your fertility specialist will then carefully monitor your ovulation cycle, in order to perfectly time the IUI (injection of the washed sperm) into your uterus. This process of preparing the sperm, timing insemination accurately, and directly depositing sperm into the uterus helps to maximize your chances of conceiving.
Is IUI right for you?
If you are interested in IUI, you will want to meet with your doctor to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your doctor will need to confirm that your fallopian tubes are open, and not blocked. This is a requirement for a successful pregnancy to occur with IUI.
Your doctor will also analyze your ovarian reserve, making sure that you have enough quality eggs in your ovaries and that your hormone levels are within a typical, healthy range.
If you have cervical mucus problems, you may be advised to try IUI to get pregnant. Since sperm is able to bypass the cervix and directly enter into the uterus during IUI, poor quality cervical mucus becomes inconsequential.
Male factor infertility can also be treated with IUI. If your partner has a low sperm count or poor sperm movement, the sperm washing procedure does boost the chances of conception. Overall, a fertility specialist can determine if you are a good candidate for IUI by analyzing all of these factors.
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