Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of infertility treatment that involves placing sperm directly into the uterus using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. The goal of IUI is to increase the chances of fertilization by placing the sperm closer to the egg, which can help overcome problems such as low sperm count or poor sperm motility.
IUI is considered to be a less invasive, less expensive and less complex treatment than in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is often used as a first-line treatment for couples with mild male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, and cervical factor infertility.
The process of intrauterine insemination (IUI) typically involves the following steps:
IUI is typically recommended for couples who have been trying to conceive for at least one year without success and have been diagnosed with infertility related to mild male factor, unexplained infertility, and cervical factor infertility. IUI is also recommended for couples with: