Advanced Womens Health Center
8501 Brimhall Road, Buld. 300
Bakersfield, CA 93312
IUI is a less expensive alternative to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. Artificial Insemination involves sperm being inserted into the woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation.
The goal of IUI, or Artificial Insemination, is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes, which in turn, increases the chance of fertilization.
The sperm may come from the male partner or from a sperm donor. The sperm sample is “washed,” meaning the highest quality sperm is separated and concentrated before insertion. The IUI process is easy, quick, and usually painless.
Intrauterine Insemination can be performed during a natural ovulation cycle, but may work best if a regiment of medications is employed first to promote the development of more ovarian follicles. After the administration of the ovulation induction medication, the follicular development is monitored by pelvic ultrasound. The final sperm sample is placed inside the endometrial cavity using a catheter specially designed for IUI.
This procedure may be selected as a treatment for patients with any of the following conditions: