IUI Procedure

An intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a procedure involving the injection of a sperm sample into a woman’s uterus in an attempt to achieve fertilization and a pregnancy. IUIs can be performed using partner or donor sperm.

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Who is this for?

IUIs may help circumvent conditions causing infertility for people who may not necessarily require IVF to achieve a pregnancy. Examples of these conditions include:

-Hormonal imbalances and ovulation disorders

-Multiple failed ovulation induction cycles

-Cervical disorders

-Same-sex couples who wish to achieve a pregnancy through the use of donor sperm

What to Expect

If you and your Pelex provider determine that an IUI is the best treatment option for you, you can expect:

1. Medications and monitoring

  • In most cases, an IUI requires the administration of medications that stimulate an egg (or more) to mature in the ovary, control the timing of ovulation, and help prepare the uterine lining for embryo implantation.
  • Some IUIs do not require medications, and some only require some medications.
  • You will likely be monitored during your IUI cycle to determine how your body is responding to the medications and when ovulation is nearing or has occurred.

2. The IUI procedure:

  • IUIs are typically performed 1-3 days after ovulation occurs, during which time the egg exits the ovary and enters the Fallopian tube (where fertilization can occur).

3. Pregnancy Test

  • Roughly 2 weeks after the IUI, you can take an at-home or clinical pregnancy test to determine if embryo implantation occurred.
  • Followup monitoring may be required based on these results.