INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a simple and inexpensive method of assisted reproduction in which washed semen is placed into a woman’s uterus around the time of ovulation with the help of a thin catheter.
IUI is done on an OPD basis without any use of anaesthesia or any surgery. In IUI, semen from the male partner is processed in a laboratory to concentrate healthy, actively motile sperm which are then placed into the female partner’s womb to enable the sperm to fertilize the egg. IUI is often combined with fertility drugs to increase the number of available eggs so as to enhance pregnancy rates.
Highlights of IUI at our centre
IUI is advised to enhance fertility for couples where there is no clear reason which appears to be responsible for a couple’s infertility. The only requirements for IUI are that the woman should be ovulating naturally and have both fallopian tubes open while the man should have normal semen or even counts marginally below normal.
IUI is a very safe treatment and complications are infrequent. Brief uterine cramping can occur during or after a procedure, which can be relieved by mild analgesics.