What Is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the placing of sperm into a woman's uterus when she is ovulating. This procedure is used for couples with unexplained infertility, minimal male factor infertility, and women with cervical mucus problems.


IUI may be done in a natural cycle but usually the woman is given medication to stimulate the ovaries for development of multiple eggs and insemination is timed to coincide with ovulation.


Semen sample is collected either at home or in the hospital after 2-5 days of abstinence.


Semen is washed in the laboratory using either a gradient method or a swim up technique. This process is called sperm processing and takes about 30-40 minutes.


The procedure is not painful and the patient is sent home within half an hour.

Indications For IUI
  • Unexplained infertility.
  • Mild to moderate oligoasthenospermia (where sperms are slightly less in number or low in motility).
  • Cervical factors.
  • Problems with ovulation.
  • Mild endometriosis.

  • Best results are seen when the age of the woman is not more than 35 years and infertility is not more than 4-5 years.
How Many Attempts Of IUI Should Be Taken Up?

The best results are seen within the first three attempts of IUI. In women with ovulation disorders, up to six attempts can be taken combined with ovulation induction. In case pregnancy does not happen, patients are re-counseled and IVF maybe undertaken.

IUID (Donor Insemination)

In case of absolute azoospermia, donor samples are used for insemination (all other conditions being the same as in IUI using husband’s sperms).

Instructions To The Male Partner:

If using fresh semen, your partner should be available on the day of the insemination. It is recommended that he abstain from ejaculation 2 to 5 days before giving the semen sample. Two weeks following the IUI, a pregnancy test will be performed to determine if the treatment was successful.

Steps Involved In IVF Procedure

Ovarian stimulation by hormonal injections to produce multiple eggs. Monitoring of the response by ultrasound scans and blood tests. Egg retrieval with the help of a needle under local anesthesia. Fertilisation of the eggs in the IVF lab. Stereozoom Microscopic scrutiny and examination of the resulting embryos. Transfer of the healthy embryo(s) into the uterus of the woman.


Blood test (BETA HCG) is performed approximately 15 days after embryo transfer to assess the establishment of pregnancy. If the treatment procedure is successful, one or more embryos implant in the uterus and pregnancy results just as it happens in the natural process of conception.

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