Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is a non-invasive infertility procedure wherein the sperm is transferred to the woman’s uterus during the ovulation period. It is a simple process done under doctor’s supervision without the use of anaesthesia.
IUI is mainly applied in conditions such as low sperm count or poor sperm mobility, ejaculation dysfunction, cervical mucus problem, unexplained infertility and hindrance due to cervical scar tissue.
But IUI is not recommended if you have endometriosis, diseases of fallopian tubes or pelvic infection.
Intrauterine Insemination Procedure
- Monitoring Ovulation: IUI is performed during the ovulation period with or without ovulation stimulating medications. The ovulation is monitored with the help of ultrasound and blood tests.
- Preparation of sperm sample: The semen sample is taken from the husband or donor is for insemination. The non-sperm substances in the semen can cause infections or reactions in the woman’s body that can interfere with fertilization. Thus, the sample is washed to separate the highly active, normal sperm and eliminating low-quality sperms and other potentially toxic elements.
- Sperm transfer: Using a sterile cannula and no-touch technique the doctor transfers the purified sperm in the opening of the fallopian tubes. After two-three weeks, when fertilization is achieved blood test is done to detect pregnancy hormones.