IUI Intra Uterine Insemination
What is an IUI(Intra Uterine Insemination)?
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.