IUI is the process of placing processed semen sample containing motile sperms through the cervix into the uterine cavity around the time of ovulation.
IUI is generally the first line of treatment when medication and timed intercourse does not succeed. It is recommended for patients with mild to moderate decrease in sperm count and/or motility, or if there is mild endometriosis. For women who do not ovulate regularly, ovulation induction maybe combined with IUI. Also, for some couples who don't have any apparent cause for infertility (unexplained infertility), IUI may be advised.
What is the Procedure for an IUI Treatment?
After a period of abstinence for 3 days, to produce the optimum and healthy sperm, men jerk off into a jar. The best quality sperm are sifted out, which takes around 2 hours, and are placed in womb through a thin tube. This process is not painful for women but they might experience a slight discomfort or a little vaginal discharge which is just the cervical mucus.