When you're trying to conceive, sometimes you need a little help. The days of artificial insemination have evolved and women today have a lot more choices, like intrauterine insemination, or IUI. But exactly what is intrauterine insemination? OK, the long and the short of it is that intrauterine insemination is a fertility treatment that's minimally invasive and less costly than in vitro fertilization (IVF). It's used for several key reasons. In particular, it's used in cases of sluggish, or slow moving sperm, donor sperm, and unexplained infertility, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Additionally, Resolve, The National Infertility Association noted that IUI is ideal for women who find sex painful or undesirable, but still want to have a live birth.
"Sperm analysis is pretty important [and is] the first part of the discussion," fertility specialist Dr. Jane Frederick, tells me, noting that learned that 40 percent of her patients have a male factor problem. Enter IUI. Think of IUI as a matchmaker, helping the sperm meet the egg so successful conception can occur. More literally, IUI is a process that delivers the sperm to the egg in your uterus. According to The National Infertility Association, the most challenging thing about IUI is getting the timing right. In other words, you want to make sure there's an egg there waiting for the sperm. To this end, you might want to consider an injection of hCG (ovidrel, novarel, profasi, pregynl) all hormones to trigger ovulation and the release of an egg. This way, doctors can pinpoint exactly when to perform IUI. Of course, this is decision that you should make with your fertility specialist. So, now that you've got the lowdown on IUI, let me answer a couple basic questions about the procedure.