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    Insemination for Infertility

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    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the flushing of sperm directly into the uterus . This is done through a thin, flexible tube (catheter).

    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.

    These procedures:

    • Can be done with sperm from the male partner or a donor.
    • Are done during the most fertile part of a woman's cycle (ovulation).
    • Can be combined with superovulation treatment to increase the chances of conception. Superovulation uses medicine or hormones to promote multiple egg production.
    • Do not require surgery.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015

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