Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a laboratory treatment to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish sperm. The primary goal of IUI is to increase the quality and count of the sperm that reaches the fallopian tubes and increases the chances of fertilization. The fast moving sperm are then put into the woman’s womb just before the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the mid of the monthly cycle.
IUI is a painless and simple treatment that requires close monitoring with estradiol levels and ultrasound to enhance the pregnancy chances and to avoid multiple pregnancies. It is much less hi-tech than other treatments of assisted conception. So, if you are experiencing hyper stimulation it is important that you seek medical help as quickly as possible.
Is IUI for me?
Your doctor may recommend IUI if:
There is unexplained infertility
There are ovulation problems
There are functional sexual disorders e.g. stress related sexual disorders and erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction
There is mild sperm dysfunction
No doubt, infertile couples treated with IUI will make the conception chances double as compared to intercourse.IUI treatment is performed in combination with ovulation induction and can be easily done with daily injections of gonadotropin and an oral medication.