Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is the process of placing sperm into the uterus, bypassing the vagina and cervix, and increasing the chances of pregnancy.
First, healthy sperm are collected, washed and prepared in the lab. The sperm are then placed into a medium that promotes fertility. Finally, a small catheter is used to transfer the sperm into the uterus.
IUI has been shown to offset mild male factor infertility and improve pregnancy chances in cases of unexplained infertility. It is also frequently used in combination with ovulation induction to maximize the benefits of both methods.Intrauterine insemination is used most often in couples who have:
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