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Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

 

Intrauterine insemination is a technique which allows more sperm to reach the egg by carefully placing the sperm inside the woman’s uterus with the use of a soft, small, and flexible plastic tube called a catheter.  The procedure is not painful, it requires only a few minutes and allows patients to return almost immediately to regular activities.

IUI is recommended if patients have problems with cervical mucous, difficulty with intercourse or if they require donor sperm. It is also utilized commonly in association with superovulation in patients with unexplained infertility.

IUI is not recommended in cases where there is a low sperm count and/or blocked tubes.

The IUI cycle usually includes ovarian stimulation and is monitored with blood tests and transvaginal pelvic ultrasound so that the insemination can be precisely timed.

This procedure is associated with an increased risk of multiple pregnancies and of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

The success rate of IUI can vary significantly and depends on the age, the type of medication and the presence of other fertility problems.

Our IUI success rate

For more information on The Fertility Clinic protocols, please take a look at our “Protocols and Procedures” in the “Patient Information” section.

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Last Updated March 9, 2009 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada