Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) involves injecting sperm directly into the uterus with close proximity to the opening of the fallopian tubes thus bypassing the cervical canal. Usually, IUI is an option for couples suffering from infertility rendered not so severe as to resort to IVF or ICSI.

We resort to this method in one of the following circumstances:

  • If the lack of natural conception is related to the husband such as the decreased number of sperm or its mobility or shape or all the previously mentioned- but not so severe as to consider IVF.
  • If the lack of natural conception is the incapability of the sperm to pass through the cervix.
  • If many years passed after marriage without pregnancy with no reason hindering conception from either partner.

Steps involved in IUI:
  • The wife's ovulation is monitored which starts between the sixth and tenth day after her period depending on the treatment used to enhance ovulation. In some cases no treatment to enhance ovulation is used.
  • The husband is asked not to engage in intercourse three days from the expected day for injection, if wet dreams occur, then the supervising doctor must be notified.
  • The husband provides a sample at the hospital or at home in a special sterilized container for this purpose provided by the hospital.
  • The sample is processed at the lab where the best sperm are selected and additional materials are added to boost them and better prepare them for fertilization. Injection of sperm inside the womb is performed using a simple method similar to internal examination and without causing pain. Usually no sedation is required. Afterwards, the wife stays for about half an hour at the hospital before leaving, and she can travel distances by car or plane if she wishes.
  • There are no restrictions on sexual intercourse after administering the injection.
  • The wife is required to undergo a pregnancy blood test after two weeks of the procedure.