Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an artificial insemination technique performed at our Los Angeles, CA, practice that places sperm directly into the uterus. With this method, sperm are washed and a concentrated amount of the most motile sperm cells are injected to increase chances of conception. If you have been diagnosed with mild male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, or ovulation issues, you may be a good candidate for IUI. At Pacific Fertility Center, our expert team of professionals can carefully coordinate your procedure with your natural cycle or with fertility medications to help you achieve a successful conception.
Intrauterine Insemination Procedure
The goal of IUI is to increase the chances of fertilization by placing a concentrated amount of carefully prepared sperm in the woman’s uterus. This procedure provides an advantage over traditional conception by allowing the sperm to reach the fallopian tube much faster and fertilize the egg on its own. Many patients choose this option because it is less invasive and more affordable than in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments.
Our entire team at Pacific Fertility Center is committed to giving you the individualized care you deserve and guiding you during every step of your journey.
Before IUI is performed, your doctor will test and evaluate the quality of the sperm specimen. For patients who have chosen a sperm donor, the sperm is also tested for HIV and any communicable diseases. Once sperm has been cleared, the first step in the IUI procedure involves sperm washing, which separates the healthy sperm from the seminal fluid. This step can provide a more concentrated and effective sample.
Once your eggs are determined to be mature, your doctor will inject the sperm. A highly concentrated amount of the most motile sperm are placed in the uterine cavity via a small catheter. The insemination is virtually painless and will only last about 20 minutes. This step is performed either in conjunction with your natural ovulation cycle or with the assistance of fertility medication and induced ovulation to increase the production of your eggs.
Our entire team at Pacific Fertility Center is committed to giving you the individualized care you deserve and guiding you during every step of your journey. Our doctors can monitor you for signs of pregnancy during your follow-up appointments, ensuring the highest chance of success.
With intrauterine insemination, sperm are injected directly into the uterus to increase chances of conception.
Why Choose Intrauterine Insemination?
During normal intercourse, a majority of sperm are typically expelled before making it into the uterine cavity. This is concerning for male patients with weak sperm. Indications for IUI include treatment of mild male factor infertility. It is also beneficial for single female patients or same-sex couples who choose sperm donation to achieve pregnancy. Other indications for selecting IUI as a fertility treatment include:
- Males with 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
- Couples experiencing logistical intercourse issues
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We look forward to helping you enhance your chances for conception through IUI. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our expert team of professionals.