Intrauterine Insemination

IUI is a relatively simple process. To begin, a woman’s cycle is monitored through bloodwork and ultrasound to track her growing egg sacs or follicles. She may be given medications to stimulate egg maturation to increase the likelihood of pregnancy. Once an egg sac or follicle has reached an appropriate size ovulation is triggered with a special medication followed by an appointment at Advanced Fertility for an insemination.

During the insemination procedure, the patient will recline and a catheter will be placed into her uterus directly, through the vagina and cervix. Sperm, that has been washed and evaluated, provided by either the woman’s partner or a donor, is then deposited into the uterus through the catheter.

This increases the likelihood of conception by giving sperm a “head start” and reducing the distance to reach the fertile egg. Through this process, the sperm bypasses the potentially inhospitable vaginal canal and cervix. The sperm are examined so that only the healthiest are selected, which can increase the chances of success in fertilizing the egg.

After a short wait, the patient is able to resume normal activities. Typically, the insemination process takes only 30 minutes. A pregnancy test is taken two weeks later.