IVF isn’t the only way to get pregnant. Intrauterine insemination may be all it takes.
IVF has become a well-known term for anyone researching infertility. But it’s invasive and not always necessary—or even the best option for every woman or her partner. When you come to see us, we’re focused on three things: getting you results, doing what’s best for you, and keeping it as inexpensive as possible. If we think intrauterine insemination (IUI) may work for you, it’s often one of the first things we recommend you try.
Single women or same-sex couples
By selecting a known or anonymous sperm donor, IUI usually makes the most medical and financial sense.
Because semen is concentrated in our lab prior to direct insemination, IUI is a great option when a male partner is affected by moderately low sperm count or mobility.
Intrauterine insemination is quick to prepare for and the procedure is simple.
Ovulation medications are given to the woman who will carry the pregnancy. You’ll be monitored via ultrasound to determine the best time for insemination.
Whether donated or from a partner, the semen sample gets prepped in our lab. This “washing” concentrates the sperm and increases your chances of conception.
While on an examination table, our clinician uses a speculum to see the cervix (just like at an ob-gyn annual). A catheter, or narrow tube, slowly injects the sperm into the uterus.
Take it easy. The procedure is usually painless, but it’s possible to have mild cramps and spotting for a day or two afterwards. Following the insemination you will be provided next steps.
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