Intrauterine Insemination

IUI Can Be a More Direct Path to Pregnancy

When navigating fertility issues, intrauterine insemination, also called IUI, can often be an effective first treatment option for prospective parents. Our Laurel Fertility Care team is experienced in using this less-invasive, affordable fertility treatment to put our patients on a clearer pathway to parenthood. 

This treatment involves precise, direct placement of prepared and washed sperm into the uterus through the vagina, around the time of ovulation, bypassing the cervix. There are many individuals and couples that intrauterine insemination, also called artificial insemination, can help when trying to conceive.

Females facing fertility issues. This includes irregular ovulation, cervical mucus problems, cervical scarring or mild endometriosis. Female age matters with this procedure, as conception rates decline with age due to decreasing egg quality and quantity. Studies show that intrauterine insemination is most successful in those younger than 35.

Men with fertility issues. This includes a low sperm count or poor sperm quality. 

Couples with unknown causes of infertility. IUI can be a recommended first treatment for unexplained infertility in either partner. 

Single women or lesbian couples. These patients often choose IUI with donor sperm to try to conceive. 

Guiding patients step by step through IUI

Our experienced team will guide individuals or couples through each step of the IUI process, with the hopes of setting the stage for a successful pregnancy.

Monitoring ovulation, and possible ovarian stimulation. Timing is everything with intrauterine insemination. A reproductive endocrinologist will carefully time the process to align with natural ovulation, or use medication to promote the production of multiple egg-containing follicles. These follicles are carefully monitored to reduce the chance of multiples.

Sperm preparation. The day of the procedure, the male partner provides a semen sample, which is “washed” before use, meaning sperm is separated from seminal fluid to leave a concentrated sample of healthy, mobile sperm. If frozen donor sperm are used, the sample will be carefully thawed before the procedure.

Insemination. This final step involves an in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes. The female patient will arrive when she is ovulating, and a fertility doctor will put a thin, flexible catheter into the cervix and inject the washed semen. This is usually painless. The patient may be asked to rest for 10 to 30 minutes after the procedure. Patients will return to the office to take a pregnancy test about two weeks after intrauterine insemination.

Find out if intrauterine insemination can help you conceive

The team at Laurel Fertility Care will thoroughly evaluate and understand the cause of infertility before recommending a course of treatment. For many patients, IUI is an affordable and less-invasive option to pursue in building a family. Regardless of what treatment option you pursue, you can count on us to thoroughly and thoughtfully consider the best available options to support your family-building dreams.

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