IUI Intra Uterine Insemination

What is an IUI(Intra Uterine Insemination)?

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Intrauterine insemination is often an important part of treatment for couples that are infertile due to sperm disorders.

IUI involves injecting sperm through a narrow catheter into the woman’s uterus. Typically, artificial insemination is performed with the partner’s sperm; however, donor sperm may also be used. Depending on the sperm count and motility and the estimated time to egg release from the ovarian follicle, a well-timed IUI can be very effective.

In a laboratory, the sperm can be separated from the seminal fluid and suspended in a very small volume of sterile medium that will keep the sperm alive and actively mobile. The insemination is performed by passing a sterile catheter through the cervical canal into the uterine cavity and then injecting the sperm suspension into the uterine cavity. Usually the insemination itself causes little if any discomfort.