Conception doesn't always occur according to plan.
Fortunately for those experiencing infertility our fertility center provides effective and innovative treatments that make family-building a reality.
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a safe procedure and often one of the first fertility treatments for couples who wish to become pregnant.
IUI relies on the natural ability of sperm to fertilize an egg in the fallopian tube. Studies show that IUI will not be as effective in cases where the male has an abnormal semen analysis. A semen analysis will confirm the health of the male partner's sperm.
From start to finish, an IUI procedure takes just a few minutes, requires no anesthesia, and is similar to a Pap smear. It is a simple, quick path for specially-prepared sperm to enter a woman's uterus via a small catheter. The timing of the procedure is based on a woman's ovulation for the highest possibility of pregnancy.
The goal of this treatment is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tube and subsequently enhance the chance of fertilization. IUI essentially provides sperm with a "head-start" advantage, but still requires the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own.
WHEN TO CHOOSE IUI
• Mild oligospermia/asthenospermia
• Males sexual dysfunction,genital malformation
• Female cervix related inferility
• Unexplained inferility
WHEN NOT TO CHOOSE IUI
Female bilateral salpingemphraxis or salpingectomy
OVULATION MEDICATIONS & IUI
Depending on your fertility diagnosis, it may be necessary to take certain ovulation induction medications,combined with your menstrual cycle and ultrasound monitoring of the ovulation,to determine the appropriate timing of IUI . By increasing egg production with medication, IUI can increase a woman's chance of conception.
Those with ovulation disorder like polycystic ovarian syndrome and unexplained infertility are among the populations who most benefit from the combination of fertility medication and IUI.
For female ovulates normally we will monitor the ovulation.For female with ovualtion disorders,to increase the rate of fertilization with IUI and pregnancy,ovulation induction medicine could be used at the beginning of the menstrual cycle.
You will monitor and track your follicle growth together with our team.Combined with examinations like transvaginal ultrasonography,we will predict the ovulation date.Generally,in one or two days around the ovulation,the doctor will make a customized treatment plan according to your personal condition and then schedule the time for IUI.
SEMEN PREPARATION/SEMEN ANALSIS
As ovulation occurs, a semen sample from either a donor or the male partner will be prepared in our laboratory for insemination.
Once collected, the semen sample is then "washed" in the laboratory to concentrate the sperm and remove the seminal fluid (seminal fluid can cause severe cramping in the woman).
The IUI procedure itself is relatively simple and is performed once the semen sample is ready. From start to finish, the IUI procedure only takes several minutes, and you may continue about your day after the procedure has concluded.
After two weeks of normal activity, you will return for a blood test, which is more sensitive to pregnancy hormones after fertilization than a standard "at-home" pregnancy test.