What is IUI?
Intrauterine Insemination, or IUI, is often one of the first treatments prescribed for couples facing infertility, and is usually explored before progressing to IVF. The procedure is safe, simple, quick and minimally invasive, performed right in your doctor’s office.
This gentle, low-cost treatment is a good starting point for unexplained infertility in women under age 35 who have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, and for women over age 35 who have been trying for 6 months or more. It is helpful for women with endometriosis or ovulation problems, and is an excellent choice for patients dealing with fertility issues where the sperm just needs an extra boost of assistance.
Whether it’s male factor infertility at play, affecting the quality, quantity or mobility of the sperm, or a female factor that makes it hard for the sperm to pass the cervix, IUI can help. IUI is also perfect for lesbian couples or single women using donor sperm.
IUI is like a boost to the natural fertility process, increasing the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and thereby increasing the chance of fertilization and pregnancy.
Timing for the IUI procedure is aligned with ovulation, and oral fertility drugs are often prescribed to stimulate follicle production. The couple’s comprehensive care is also coordinated with the IUI procedure in order to provide the best possible chance of conception and a healthy baby.
Sperm are collected and then washed, sorted and analyzed for quality, quantity, and mobility. The best sperm are selected for use in the procedure, and then inserted into the uterus through a catheter. The procedure takes place right in our exam room and takes just a few minutes to complete. No anesthesia is needed.
The sperm, having been given this “boost” through the cervix, have a much shorter journey to reach the fallopian tubes and a much better chance at successful fertilization.
Every infertility case is unique and so is every fertility plan. We start with a thorough and complete diagnosis of both partners, and we examine the whole person. We then develop a fertility plan together that fits your individual needs and goals.
We include comprehensive care in our plan like acupuncture and nutritional counseling to ensure the very best chance of fertility success. Our highest goal is a successful pregnancy for you.
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