Intrauterine insemination, also known as IUI, is a treatment in which a physician places sperm directly into a female patient’s uterus in order to increase the chances of fertilization. This is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure performed in our office.
Before undergoing an IUI, a female patient may also be placed on a treatment of hormone medication and monitored with sonograms and/or blood work, to ensure she is ovulating and/or to enhance her ovulation. The timing of ovulation is pinpointed precisely in order to maximize chances of success. Additionally, the sperm from the male patient or a sperm donor is prepared through a process called “sperm washing,” which isolates healthy sperm from the remainder of the seminal fluid to improve chances of fertilization.