How does IUI work?

The IUI procedure is simple and may be performed even if the woman is not receiving medication to improve her egg production. Many physicians will encourage women to take medications to stimulate the ovaries to increase egg production in order to improve the chance of achieving pregnancy. An ultrasound will be used to monitor the size of the follicles (follicles harbors maturing eggs inside) .The hormone, human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), is administered to stimulate the release of eggs from the follicles.

A semen sample will be washed by the lab staffs and they separate the sperms from the seminal fluid. There are many types of procedures depending on the numbers of sperms in the sample provided by the husband. A catheter is used to inject the processed sperm directly into the uterus. This process maximizes the number of sperm cells that are placed in the uterus, thus increasing the possibility of conception. The IUI procedure takes little time and involves minimal discomfort. The next step is to watch for signs and symptoms of pregnancy.


How does IUI work?