Insemination for Infertility
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the flushing of specially washed sperm through a thin flexible tube (catheter) directly into the uterus.
Artificial insemination (AI) is the placement of sperm into a woman's cervix or vagina. The sperm then travel into the uterus and fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg.
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- Can be done with sperm from the male partner or a donor.
- Are conducted during the most fertile part of a woman's cycle (ovulation).
- Can be combined with superovulation (medicine or hormone treatment that promotes multiple egg production) to increase the chances of conception.
- Do not require surgery.
Insemination procedures can improve your chances of conceiving a pregnancy, especially when combined with Reference superovulation Opens New Window treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology