We have performed thousands of successful IUI procedures and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to help you achieve your dreams of having a family. When you schedule your free consultation at CARE Fertility you will meet with a fertility specialist who will take an extensive medical history of you and your partner and address all the concerns you may have.
The Process of Artificial Insemination (IUI)
IUI, also known as artificial insemination, is the process where a concentrated specimen of sperm is placed in the uterus.
Step One – Ovulation Triggering
The patient takes medications such as 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.
Step Two – Sperm Washing
The sperm sample is prepared in the andrology laboratory. This procedure is also known as “sperm washing”. It 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.
Step Three – Insemination
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 then introduced into the uterus through this catheter. This procedure does not require anesthesia.
Is IUI right for me?
There are several factors that may lead a Fertility Doctor to recommend an IUI treatment, including:
IUI can be used as one of the many options to build LGBTQ+ families.
Mild Male Infertility
IUI can be useful in cases of mild male infertility. A fertility specialist can help you determine if IUI can help.
IUI can be helpful in cases where patients are experimenting sexual dysfunction.
IUI can be used in some patients diagnosed with PCOS.
IUI can help single women looking to expand their families.