INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI)
A simpler, more “low-tech” treatment for infertility is Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and is a normal starting point for many individuals and couples who are having difficulties with conception on their own. Patients that are good candidates for IUI are patients that have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, mild male factor infertility, irregular or absent ovulation, or a cervical factor.
Increasing the amount of sperm that reaches the fallopian tubes and increasing the chance of fertilization is the goal of this treatment. IUI gives the sperm a head start, but requires the sperm to reach the egg and fertilize it on its own. Depending on your diagnosis, IUI will work with specialized fertility medications or can be coordinated with your natural cycle.
In situations where a woman or couple require donor sperm, a physician may also recommend IUI.