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|Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)|
Intrauterine Insemination - IUI involves placing sperm into the vagina, uterus or fallopian tubes through artificial means instead of by coitus. Usually injected through a catheter or cannula after being washed. This procedure is used for both donor (AID) and husband's (AIH) sperm. This technique is used to overcome sexual performance problems, to circumvent sperm-mucus interaction problems, to maximize the potential for poor semen, and for using donor sperm.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one type of artificial insemination
that involves the placement of sperm inside the uterine cavity. The procedure
involves the washing of sperm to obtain the best quality fraction and
then injecting it (less than 0.5cc) into the uterus. A thin, soft catheter
is used, connected to a syringe that contains the washed sperm. The catheter
is introduced through the cervix and inside the uterus. Cramping sometimes
does occur but it is usually short-lived. Artificial insemination is commonly
used with ovulation inducing medications, when there is abnormal cervical
mucus, and always with donor sperm.
Frequently Asked Questions about IUI
How is the time of insemination decided?
Does your physician check the quality of semen prior to insemination?
How is a decision made to choose between regular cervical and intrauterine
Is your physician equipped and willing to perform the penetration
In case of intrauterine insemination, what effect has the washing
of sperm on the numbers and motility?
Is the treating physician ready and willing to proceed with a detailed
work-up after 3-4 cycles of unsuccessful inseminations?
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