Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the most popular form of artificial insemination and is used in most fertility clinics today.
Benefits of IUI
Artificial insemination and IUI can benefit those with male factor infertility, unexplained infertility or cervical mucus problems. This procedure can also help single women and lesbian couples get pregnant and have children with donor sperm. For women over 35 who are having trouble getting pregnant, IUI may be helpful, especially when combined with ovulation-boosting fertility drugs.
IUI and fertility drugs
If your doctor suspects female infertility problems, he or she may prescribe a round of fertility drugs before you begin IUI. This fertility drug process, known as ovulation induction or superovulation, encourages your body to release more eggs in preparation for IUI.
Intrauterine insemination has fairly good success rates and includes the following five steps:
- Semen analysis
- Monitoring of female ovulation
- Obtaining the sperm sample
- Washing and preparing the sperm sample
- Injection of the prepared sample into the uterus
In this section, we review procedures, success rates, side effects, and other important factors related to IUI.
Remember that every couple has such a different fertility journey. Your personal health, combined with your partner's personal health, will affect your success rates with IUI.