Intrauterine insemination – IUI

It is a process that increases the chances of pregnancy in couples who have fertility problems.


The process requires to obtain the sperm to be washed in order to get the sperm for fertilization. It is a simple process in which sperm are introduced into the uterus using a catheter, thus bringing the sperm closer to the egg to obtain a successful fertilization. This is done when a woman is on or near her ovulation days.

If conception has not occurred with clomid and timed intercourse, we would then begin ovulation induction with Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also referred as artificial insemination. An IUI maybe preceded by either Clomid or injectable Gonadotropins.

An IUI cycle is a great option for those patients who may have low motility and/or low sperm count but are not ready to pursue IVF. Before this procedure, the sperm sample is collected at home or in the office. Once the sample reaches our lab, it is then washed and prepared, for optimal transfer to the uterine cavity during the time of ovulation. The sperm is then loaded into a catheter, and then passed through the female's cervix and injected into the uterus. This procedure is typically combined with fertility drugs, such as Clomid and/or FSH injections. Two weeks after insemination, blood test will confirm if conception occurred.