Insemination for Infertility
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the flushing of specially washed sperm through a thin flexible tube (catheter) directly into the uterus.
Artificial insemination (AI) is the placement of sperm into a woman's cervix or vagina. The sperm then travel into the uterus and fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg.
See a picture of the female reproductive system.
- Can be done with sperm from the male partner or a donor.
- Are conducted during the most fertile part of a woman's cycle (ovulation).
- Can be combined with superovulation (medicine or hormone treatment that promotes multiple egg production) to increase the chances of conception.
- Do not require surgery.
Insemination procedures can improve your chances of conceiving a pregnancy, especially when combined with superovulation treatment.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||December 7, 2011|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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