Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is usually the first fertility treatment for couples having trouble getting pregnant naturally (through intercourse).
It is a process by which millions of sperm are first “washed” with special solutions, concentrated in an embryology laboratory, and then placed directly into the woman’s fallopian tubes (where fertilization occurs normally). This procedure is scheduled for when a woman is most fertile, thus increasing the chances of becoming pregnant.
The Providence Fertility Center is composed of world-class specialists and leaders in the field of IUI and reproductive medicine. We are committed to providing you with the most personalized care– while utilizing the most cutting-edge IUI technologies and maintaining the highest medical and scientific protocols.
Our fertility experts will create a customized treatment IUI plan that carefully monitors your progress and provides you with guidance and support.
Who Should Consider IUI?
IUI is usually an appropriate first-step for:
- Couples with unexplained infertility
- Women with ovulatory disorders
- Women with mild endometriosis
- Women using donor sperm
- Men with mild sperm problems
Steps of IUI Treatment
- Female partner will administer fertility medications that stimulate ovulation
- Female partner will monitor ovulation at home, via an ovulation prediction kit – and in the clinic via blood tests
- Female partner will receive a hormone injection (human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG) to prompt timed ovulation
- Male partner will produce a semen sample on the morning of ovulation. Our embryology laboratory will prepare the sample for insemination.
- The prepared sperm is then inserted with a thin catheter that is placed through the female partner’s cervix into her uterus. This procedure requires no anesthesia or recovery period. You are free to leave after this brief procedure.
- After the procedure has taken place, the female partner will monitor your body for signs of conception.