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Intrauterine insemination or IUI is a fertility treatment in which sperm are delivered directly into the uterus.

IUI Articles

An intrauterine insemination (IUI) is quick, taking about five to 10 minutes. In most instances the IUI is pretty painless, potentially causing mild cramping, but it generally isn't more uncomfortable than a Pap smear. (In some instances, women find the cramping can be severe.)

Immediately after the procedure, the woman lies on her back for approximately 20 minutes. Then, even though potentially a life-altering event has occurred, she can get dressed and get back to her routine. Some doctors suggest taking it a bit easy for the rest of the day.

Doctors often recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) for couples with unexplained infertility or mild male-factor infertility. Doctors generally suggest IUI for women or couples, except for those with:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Severe fallopian tube damage
  • Very poor egg quality
  • Menopause
  • Male partners who have severe infertility, such as total motile sperm count less than 5 million

Getting Ready for the Cycle

Artificial insemination is one of the least complex of the fertility treatments. For that reason, it’s often a first-line treatment for couples looking for some help trying to conceive. In fact, it can even be performed at home. But what should you do in order to prepare?