IUI is also known as ‘artificial insemination’.
For a couple facing problems with natural conception, IUI treatment serves as a simple, affordable and effective fertility treatment alternative as in this procedure sperms are placed directly within a woman’s uterine cavity to augment the probability of fertilization. Since IUI treatment incorporates assortment of healthy sperms and then introducing them directly to the mature female egg. This technique has presented to be principally considerate in ruling out the male-factor infertility.
When this procedure is recommended?
- Unexplained infertility
- Infertility due to endometriosis
- Infertility due to cervical issues
- The male-factor causing infertility with donor sperm
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Procedure/technique
IUI is a painless, non-invasive procedure, and it could also be done keeping in consideration to the natural cycle. Though IUI can also be combined with ovarian stimulation medications like Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH). This leads to the production and release of multiple eggs, escalating the likelihood of conception. During your ovulation, sperms are collected from your partner which are to be used for IUI.
IUI treatment is normally executed within 6 to 24 hours of ovulation. On the day of the procedure, the male partner provides a specimen of sperm, which is washed in our laboratory with specific media, so as to confiscate seminal fluid or any dead sperms present. Our doctor would then inseminate the washed sperm into the uterus with the use of a soft, thin tube called a catheter. This procedure of sperm insertion is comparatively painless, which usually takes about 5 minutes and does not require anaesthesia.
Consequent to the IUI treatment, the doctor might recommend to have progesterone suppositories (vaginal inserts) to fortify the endometrial lining and better sustenance to the implantation of embryo. The pregnancy test is then performed post 2 weeks of the procedure.