IUI: A “Low Tech” Procedure That May Be Right for You

If you have mild to moderate reduction in sperm quality or have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, pregnancy is still within reach.  Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a quick and straightforward procedure to bypass the cervix and place sperm directly into your uterus in closer proximity to the eggs.

Placing Sperm Directly into the Uterus

After taking fertility medication to stimulate your ovaries, our skilled doctors place millions of sperm into your uterus. Though sperm is introduced into your uterus, all the critical steps necessary for conception — including your fallopian tube picking up the ovulated egg and the sperm finding and successfully fertilizing the egg — occur without interference.

We often recommend IUI when:
  • Cervical factors are suspected
  • Mild to moderate reduction in sperm quality is detected
  • Undergoing treatment for unexplained infertility
  • Infertility is related to mild endometriosis
  • Women are pursuing donor sperm insemination

What to Expect During Your IUI Procedure

You’re in good hands at RPSD. All our IUI procedures are performed by skilled doctors who are leaders in the field of fertility.


Getting Baseline Readings and Starting Medications

Your doctors will perform a baseline ultrasound on the third day of your menstrual cycle to ensure there are no ovarian cysts and that fertility medications can begin. After several days of taking the fertility medications, we perform another ultrasound to see how your ovaries are responding, observe the developing follicle(s), and measure the thickness of your uterine lining.

We will then schedule your IUI procedure based on the results of your ultrasounds, as well as your urinary LH (luteinizing hormone) testing kit.


Sperm Collection & Insemination

The day following the detection of the LH surge is when we perform your IUI procedure. On that day, we collect a semen sample from the male partner (or donor sample). We “wash” the sample in a special solution to remove dead, immotile sperm. The result is a sample with a higher concentration of motile sperm (sperm that are able to move) to increase their chances of reaching the fallopian tube, which is where fertilization occurs.

Your doctor will then insert a thin plastic catheter past your cervix to place the sperm sample directly into your uterus. Insemination typically takes around 5-10 minutes. Afterward, we recommend resting for another 5-10 minutes before going about your regular day.


After Your IUI Procedure

Side effects from IUI are rare but may include some cramping. The risk of complications is low and related mainly to the possibility of introducing infection. We typically administer an antibiotic at the time of your procedure to prevent infection.

Additionally, the use of fertility medications poses certain risks. These include ovarian hyperstimulation and the risk of multiple pregnancy. Our doctors will explain the risks before your procedure. As always, we encourage you to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand or would like to know more about.

Stories from Our Patients

We’re honored to help patients achieve their dream of growing their families. Here are a few of their success stories.

Let’s Take the Next Step Together

Our skilled fertility specialists are here to help. Contact us today and let’s discuss the next phase of your fertility journey.