Intrauterine Insemination Treatment Options
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is an office procedure in which the sperm is carefully placed in the woman’s uterus, bypassing the cervix and allowing more sperm to reach the egg. For a woman, having an IUI is something similar to undergoing a PAP smear. The process involves the use of a very thin flexible catheter that facilitates passage of sperm. The procedure takes just a few minutes, and patients are able to return to regular activities immediately after the procedure. IUI may be recommended to increase the probability of pregnancy if a patient has unexplained infertility, male factor infertility (low sperm), problems with cervical mucous, or difficulty with intercourse.
Intrauterine insemination treatment options include the following:
- Natural cycle
- Oral medicated cycle
- Injectible gonadotropin medication cycle
- Instructions to the male partner
Your physician will recommend the treatment cycle most appropriate for you. Before proceeding with any of these treatments, it is important that you attend an orientation class lead by one of our Nurse Coordinators where the logistics of the treatment cycle are covered in detail. During the orientation class, you will also be taught how to administer injections which may be necessary to time the IUI and/or to develop the eggs.
Requirements to undergo insemination include:
- Male virology testing
- Consent for the procedure which must be signed by one or both partners and witnessed by either our clinic staff or a certified notary public
- A waiver of second or repeat test for infectious disease as needed.