What Are The Steps to IUI?
Step One – Ovulation Induction: In unstimulated cycles, IUI is timed to take place at the time of natural ovulation without the addition of fertility drugs. IUI is usually done between day 12 and day 16 of a natural menstrual cycle, but the exact day will depend on your individual cycle. Your doctor will advise on the best day for you. Depending on your particular situation, you may need to use fertility drugs alongside your IUI treatment, as a stimulated cycle. If so, you will start taking the drug near the beginning of your menstrual cycle to stimulate your ovaries to develop several mature eggs for fertilization, rather than your usual one egg per month.
Step Two – Insemination: You may ovulate naturally, or be given an injection of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hcg) to induce it. Fresh or frozen sperm may be used. The washed and selected sperm is then inserted using a thin catheter (tube) through your cervix, into the uterus within 24 hours and 40 hours of the hcg injection.
What is IUI?
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI is a form of assisted conception. It is also referred to as artificial insemination. During IUI, your doctor will place washed, prepared sperm into the uterus (womb) and near to the egg at your time of ovulation. This procedure is often combined with fertility drugs to increase your chances of conceiving. The timing of the insemination is crucial, so a fresh or frozen sperm sample is at the ready.
What Causes of Infertility Can IUI Treat?
- Mild endometriosis
- Borderline low sperm count or low mobility. There must be enough healthy, motile sperm to make the treatment worthwhile. If not, IVF or ICSI may be more suitable.
- You are unable to have sex because of disability, injury, or if your spouse experiences premature ejaculation.
- Other unexplained reasons for infertility
RSMC offers some of the most experienced IUI doctors in
Our highly-experienced embryologists and lab specialist have over 30 years combined experience with a variety of situations, including some of the most challenging fertility cases. During that time, they has successfully performed numerous IUI treatments. Every situation is unique and there are so many factors that can affect fertility. Having an experienced team gives you the best chance for a successful pregnancy and of growing your family.