IUI – Intrauterine Insemination

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Intrauterine Insemination, commonly referred to as IUI, is typically performed following a course of oral (Clomiphene citrate or letrozole) or injectable ovulation-inducing agents (recombinant FSH).

The IUI process first involves the preparation of a purified and concentrated sperm specimen in efforts to isolate the most active, motile sperm. This “washed” sperm is subsequently placed into the uterine cavity via a sterile catheter in order to maximize the number of motile sperm entering the fallopian tubes.

IUI is a relatively painless procedure performed in the office. A small gentle plastic catheter (tube) is used to transfer the washed semen specimen into the uterine cavity via the cervix. You may experience a small amount of leakage and/or spotting with this procedure. This does not reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, you may resume normal activities. Significant exercise and physical exertion should be minimized.

The IUI procedure is precisely timed in coordination with your predicted ovulation.

About Clomid and Gonadtropins

Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) is often used as the first-line treatment for ovulatory disorders. Injectable gonadotropins therapy involves the use of medications that stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs each month. Although this strategy typically has higher success rates, it is also associated with a higher risk of multiple gestation.

Before recommending a specific treatment, we will work with you to evaluate your unique situation and develop an individualized treatment plan that optimizes your treatment success rate in a safe and comfortable manner.  

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