IUI also known as artificial insemination is the process where a concentrated specimen of sperm is placed in the uterus. A speculum is inserted into the vagina and the cervix is visualized. A soft, thin catheter is then placed through the cervix and into the uterus. Sperm is washed and then introduced into the uterus through this catheter. This procedure does not require anesthesia.
The sperm sample is prepared in the andrology laboratory. This procedure is also known as “sperm washing”. This involves placing the sperm sample in a test tube and then a centrifuge. The seminal fluid is removed and fluid (media) is placed above the sperm. The most active sperm will then swim up into the media. The final sample is selected with the most active sperm that is then used for the insemination.
During this process the patient will take medications such clomiphene and FSH (various brands) with the purpose to stimulate the ovary to mature an egg or multiple eggs.
Ultrasounds and blood tests are performed to monitor the eggs as they mature. Once the eggs are ready, a subcutaneous injection is given of a hormone called hCG (the ‘trigger shot’), which triggers ovulation of that egg approximately 38-40 hours after the injection. An exact timeline for the artificial insemination (IUI) will be provided at this time.
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