At Long Island IVF, we provide the most comprehensive and clinically sound fertility testing and treatments.
We start by performing a complete review of our patients' medical records and a careful assessment of their individual fertility status.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the least complex of the assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and is often tried as a first treatment in uncomplicated cases of infertility. IUI involves preparing sperm in the lab and delivering the washed and more motile sperm in a highly concentrated solution, which is placed either directly into the cervix (intra-cervical insemination) or into the uterus. The standard procedure practiced in most reproductive endocrinology offices is IUI.
IUI can be performed with sperm from the male partner or a donor, and is often combined with ovulation induction by hormone therapy. It is useful treatment for women with open fallopian tubes and a normal uterine cavity and in cases where the man has a borderline low sperm count, volume or motility. It is also very useful as an adjunct to treating ovulation disorders by depositing optimized sperm when the egg is ovulating and ready for fertilization.
The IUI process involves monitoring of the woman’s cycle with an ovulation predictor kit or hormone assays and pelvic ultrasounds to determine the timing of ovulation. Fertility drugs may also be taken in advance to increase the number of eggs released. At the time of ovulation, the man produces a semen specimen that is prepared in the laboratory resulting in a higher concentration and more motile form than his ejaculate. The semen specimen must be prepared or washed prior to being injected into the uterus because unwashed semen has chemicals that can cause extremely painful uterine cramping. The sperm are then placed in the uterus without anesthesia using a long thin catheter that is passed through the cervix directly into the uterus. This procedure takes place in the office exam room.