If you’re looking to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy, your dedicated care team is ready to help. Your doctor can perform Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or also known as artificial insemination, which places sperm directly into the uterus to increase the chances of successful fertilization and conception.
Who benefits from IUI
If you’re considering IUI, your doctors will walk you through everything you need to know about this procedure. To give you a head start on how you’d know if this treatment is right for you, here are some indicators our care team considers for this treatment:
- Single females or same-sex couples who choose sperm donation to achieve pregnancy.
- Males with mild factor infertility such as low sperm count, low sperm mobility, or sperm abnormalities.
- Males or females with unexplained infertility.
- Males with a blocked reproductive tract.
- Females with abnormal cervical mucus or scarring that hinders sperm mobility.
- Females with ovulation issues.
- Couples experiencing logistical intercourse issues.
Our expert team of professionals at PFCLA carefully coordinates this procedure with your natural cycle, or fertility medications to help you achieve a successful conception.
What to expect with IUI
IUI is intended to increase fertilization chances by placing a concentrated amount of carefully prepared sperm in your uterus, or that of your partner or surrogate. This procedure provides an advantage over traditional conception by allowing the sperm to reach the fallopian tube much faster and fertilize the egg independently.
We've seen many intended parents choose this option because it's less invasive and more affordable than in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments.
The IUI procedure
If IUI is an option that you or your partner would like to consider, here's what to expect throughout the procedure:
- Before your doctor performs IUI, they will test and evaluate the quality of the sperm specimen. If you or your partner chooses a sperm donor, your doctor will also test the sperm for HIV and any infectious diseases.
- Your doctor clears the sperm after evaluation, the IUI procedure's first step involves sperm washing and separating the healthy sperm from the seminal fluid.
Note: This step can provide a more concentrated and useful sample.
- Your doctor will insert a highly concentrated amount of the most motile sperm in the uterine cavity via a small catheter. The process is virtually painless and will only last about 20 minutes.
Note: This step is performed either in conjunction with your partner’s or surrogate’s natural ovulation cycle, or with the assistance of fertility medication, which induces ovulation to increase egg production.
Our entire team at PFCLA is committed to caring for you or your surrogate during every step of your journey. Your doctor can monitor you or your surrogate for pregnancy signs during follow-up appointments, to assess it’s chance of success.