What is IUI?
IUI or Intrauterine Insemination is a form of fertility treatment where the male partner’s semen sample is “washed”, concentrated and then placed directly into the uterus. This puts the sperms in the semen sample closer to the egg, which would have reached the fallopian tube, thereby facilitating fertilization. Couples who are facing an issue of infertility can opt for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) to attain parenthood.
The objective of IUI is to increase the chances of becoming pregnant. This is possible if the sperm fertilizes the egg and if the fertilized egg implants properly in the uterus. IUI is commonly known as ‘donor insemination’ or ‘artificial insemination’. It is minimally invasive and an affordable form of fertility treatment.
Who can take IUI treatment or when is IUI treatment suggested?
There are various reasons where a couple may be advised IUI, to attain the joy of parenthood. IUI is recommended in the following situations:
- Unexplained Infertility
- Infertility due to endometriosis
- Issues with the cervix or cervical mucus
- Low sperm count
- Decreased sperm motility
- Problems with ejaculation or erection
- Same-sex couples wishing to conceive
- A single woman’s desire to have a baby
- A couple wanting to avoid passing on a genetic defect from the male partner to the child
IUI is a non-invasive and a painless procedure and can be done with your natural cycle with minimal medication. During ovulation, sperm cells are collected from the male partner and used in IUI. The chances of conception can increase with a combination of IUI and ovarian stimulation. The ovarian stimulation to produce multiple eggs could be achieved with specific medications that stimulate the growth of eggs in the ovaries.