IUI – Intra Uterine Insemination

Procedure brief – IUI is one of the procedures used to treat infertility. In this process, washed sperms from the male partner (or from a sperm donor) are deposited into a woman’s uterus around the time of ovulation, through a fine catheter (tube) inserted through the cervix.

IUI is a relatively simple procedure as compared to other procedures like IVF or ICSI.

However very few women may conceive within the first 3 attempts after which the chances for success decreases. Therefore, IUI treatment is usually recommended for a maximum of about 3 or 4 cycles.

Some IVF hospitals performs repeated IUI’s, in spite of the initial diagnosis & tests of the patient suggests IVF or ICSI, Repeated failed IUI’s may affect the fertility health of the patient thus reducing the chances of pregnancy.

Sperm Processing – Healthy semen Sample of husband is obtained & this Husband’s sperm sample goes through a special wash & processing which removes dead & defective sperms along with other unwanted substances.

Sperm Testing – Most centres performs an IUI without husband sperm health test hence their IUI fails, At Yashoda Ivf Centre, we perform a detail sperm test called SFA (Sperm Function Analysis) & Sperm DNA test in which sperm sample is studied in detail along with its genetic DNA, reports are generated as per guidelines of WHO (World Health Organization).

If husband’s sperm health report shows that sperm count is low or sperm’s DNA health is far below normal then IUI is not advised but if sperm health is slightly below normal then maximum one or three IUIs can be performed before the infertility specialist suggest the couple other suitable procedure.

Frequently asked Questions

1. When is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) suggested ?

IUI is suggested & can be performed in the following cases:

 • Low sperm count / poor sperm motility / problem in erection / retrograde ejaculation (semen enter the bladder instead of emerging through the penis during orgasm)/ premature ejaculation (where a men ejaculated early) in the male partner

  • Defect in the cervix in the female partner
  • Unexplained infertility (no defined causes of infertility)

2. Does IUI cause any kind of discomfort?

Most women consider IUI to be fairly painless as the catheter usually doesn’t cause much of a discomfort. Sometimes there can be a little cramping that may not be related to the IUI.

3. How soon after an IUI can a woman have intercourse?

Usually one can have intercourse any time after an IUI. But if there was any kind bleeding or complication during the IUI, The doctors may suggest waiting for 2 days before having intercourse.

4. Are there any risks associated with IUI?

The risks with IUI are relatively low as IUI is a simple produce. There may be some discomfort for the male partner to produce a sperm sample at the doctor’s clinic & for the female partner sometimes the insertion of the catheter can cause discomfort.

5. How to know if pregnancy has occurred after IUI?

Approximately 2 weeks after an IUI, a pregnancy test would be advised by the doctor to confirm the pregnancy

For more information, kindly consult Expert doctors at Yashoda IVF Centre.

Call : 720-8485-474 (For IVF & Fertility Only)