Get to learn about IUI, why we might consider it, and what it entails


IUI, also known as intrauterine insemination, is a procedure that is performed when you and your partner are experiencing some problems with conceiving due to issues like hostile cervical mucus or low sperm count. Therefore IUI in Celebration is performed by a team of experts who have experience using IUI techniques to help couples start the family they have always wanted.

What is IUI?

IUI stands for intrauterine insemination, one of the most well-established forms of treatment available for fertility problems. Artificial insemination involves introducing sperms into the female reproductive system using an alternative method to sexual intercourse. IUI, the most common type of artificial insemination, involves placing sperms directly into the uterus.

Why might we need to consider IUI?

You can decide on having an IUI if you have been having problems with convincing due to the following:

  • Male factor fertility

Male factor infertility affects the quality or number of sperms present in semen. To assess this, the health care provider performs a sperm count to determine how many sperms you have in every milliliter of semen. The expected concentration is twenty million or more per milliliter. Low sperm count may be due to some physical problems like hormonal imbalance, an enlarged vein in the scrotum or varicocele, genetic condition or lifestyle, and environmental factors.

  • Hostile cervical mucus

It is a condition where your cervix fails to form the best mucus, thus preventing sperms from traveling through to the uterus. In other cases, the cervical mucus may contain anti-sperm antibodies which attack sperm as if they are harmful microorganisms.

  • Unexplained infertility

In this case, the cause of infertility is not known, and it remains a mystery. It could be due to unresolved psychological issues or several minor problems, and for other couples, there is no definitive explanation for them not conceiving. But if the male is not producing enough viable sperm or has a genetic condition passed to the fetus, donor sperms can be used instead. The specialists usually use comprehensively screened frozen or cryopreserved sperms from a donor sperm bank.

What does IUI involve?

The procedure starts with the preparation of the sperm. Fresh sperm is washed and sorted in the facility’s laboratory to remove any abnormal sperm leaving the healthy sperm only in a concentrated sample. Therefore the donor’s sperm is processed so that they only require thawing out before the intrauterine insemination procedure. When the sample to be used in the procedure is ready, the care provider threads a thin and soft catheter through the cervix. The sperm sample is then delivered into the uterus, and the provider withdraws the catheter. Intrauterine insemination is an outpatient procedure that does not necessarily require anesthesia. The procedure is typically painless and more comfortable compared to a Pap smear.

Suppose you are interested in finding out and learning more about intrauterine insemination call or visit the Center for Reproductive Medicine today. You can also visit the facility if you and your partner are having some problems that are preventing you from conceiving, including hostile cervical mucus or a low sperm count. You can also book an appointment online to visit the facility and have the procedure done.

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