Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) involves using a catheter to place processed sperm into a woman’s uterus. This procedure is often used for women or couples with unexplained infertility, male factor infertility, same-sex female parenting, single mothers by choice, or in circumstances where sperm cannot enter the uterus through the cervix.
What is IUI?
Sperm from the male partner or sperm donor is separated and washed in the andrology lab. Separation selects motile sperm and concentrates them into a small volume of medium. The laboratory separation process takes one to two hours.
Insemination is then performed by using a thin catheter to inject the processed sperm solution into the uterus. Insemination is similar to the experience of a PAP smear. While the speculum may be uncomfortable, the catheter should not cause discomfort as it passes into the uterus. After the procedure, you will be asked to remain in a relaxed position for 20 minutes.
Regular physical and sexual activity may be resumed after your appointment. Your care team will schedule an appointment, within two weeks, to determine if you are pregnant.
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