IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from slower or dead sperm. The fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle of the monthly cycle.
Is IUI for me?
IUI treatment results are low, may be useful if:
- you have unexplained infertility
- you have ovulation problems
- there are minor sperm parameter problems
What do I need to be able to undergo IUI?
It is essential that your fallopian tubes are known to be open (patent) and healthy before the IUI process begins. A tubal test is done for assessment.The typical method for assessing the health of your pelvis and the patency of your fallopian tubes is a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), a HyCosy or laparoscopy and dye testing. When the pelvis and tubes are healthy, fluid used in these tests passes freely through both tubes. The second essential requirement is that there is no significant problem with sperm numbers or sperm quality.