IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a quick, relatively simple first line of fertility treatment for couples before moving on to in vitro fertilization (IVF). It’s very often the answer for lesbian women who would like to become pregnant using their own eggs.

Regardless of why you may need IUI, the goal of this treatment is to get you pregnant faster by increasing the number of sperm that make it to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization is then much more likely to occur.

In other words, IUI offers a safe, effective “jump start” for sperm to fertilize an egg.

WHO USES IUI?

  • Women & couples using donor sperm
  • Lesbian women
  • Women with mild endometriosis
  • Women experiencing unexplained infertility
  • Women experiencing ovulation problems
  • Couples with unexplained infertility
  • Couples with low sperm count or motility (movement)

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Ovarian Stimulation
During natural ovulation, a woman develops and releases one single egg from her ovaries. To increase the chance of fertilization and pregnancy, our fertility experts may encourage the release of multiple eggs in an IUI cycle with the use of fertility medications.

Ovulation
Your Albany fertility team will monitor and track your menstrual cycle with you. When ovulation time nears, we’ll perform an ultrasound in order to confirm that an egg has been released. Within a day or two of ovulation, your IUI procedure will take place.

Semen Analysis and Preparation
A sperm sample from either your male partner or a donor is prepared in our lab as ovulation occurs. In order to concentrate the sperm and remove seminal fluid, which can cause cramping, our embryologists will wash the sample.

Insemination
Dr. Elguero will place the cleaned sperm into a catheter (tube) which she will insert directly through the cervix and into the uterus. The insemination procedure takes just a few minutes, requires no anesthesia or surgery, and takes place right here in our Albany office. You’ll be able to return to regular activities the same day.

Pregnancy Test
Two weeks after your IUI procedure, you’ll come for an in-office pregnancy test. Our pregnancy test is the more accurate than any at-home pregnancy test, and shows definitively if you are pregnant.

SUCCESS WITH IUI

Statistically, IUI doubles the success rates of natural intercourse, but no two patients are exactly alike. In reviewing and discussing your medical history with you, Dr. Elguero will be able to assess your chance of success using IUI. Your individual chance of success using IUI depends on:

  • Your age
  • The contributing factors in your unique infertility case
  • The sperm count in your chosen sperm sample

 

IS IUI RIGHT FOR ME?

Your initial fertility appointment with our Albany fertility experts is your first step towards understanding what treatment option is best for you. Dr. Elguero will review your medical history and complete a full fertility workup before discussing whether IUI is the right treatment to help you become a parent.

Each fertility case follows its own unique path. Our Albany fertility experts will help you find yours.