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Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a relatively simple procedure done to treat mild to moderate male factor abnormalities and in conjunction with other treatments for infertility. The male partner produces a sample just as with the semen analysis, however on this visit the sperm is washed of its protein layer and the sperm are separated so that most of the immotile sperm are removed from the specimen. These sperm are then placed in a small amount of liquid culture media and transferred into the uterus utilizing a small soft plastic catheter. The insemination itself is painless and very similar to a pap smear examination for the female partner.

At Advanced Reproductive Specialists, we can perform IUI’s seven days a week. For most cycles, we will perform two IUI’s on consecutive days after hCG injection (ovulation trigger shot). These inseminations may be at different times during the day.

For patients pursuing donor insemination, this is the preferred method of transfer of the sperm. Pregnancy test is then performed approximately 15 days after the second insemination.