Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a standard procedure practiced in most reproductive endocrinology offices and is often the first treatment approach in uncomplicated cases of infertility.
At the time of ovulation, the male partner produces a semen specimen that is then prepared in a laboratory, resulting in a more motile and highly concentrated solution. The sperm are then placed gently and directly high into the uterine cavity using a thin, plastic catheter that is passed through the cervix. This moves the sperm sample past the potential barrier of the cervical mucus and places a higher concentration of motile sperm much closer to the egg(s). This procedure takes place in the office exam room.
IUI can be performed with sperm from the male partner or a donor, and is often combined with ovulation induction with medication to increase the potential number of mature eggs to increase the chance of pregnancy. It is useful treatment for women with open fallopian tubes and a normal uterine cavity as well as in cases where the man has a borderline low sperm count, volume, or motility.
Superovulation therapy can be an effective treatment for many causes of infertility. During a typical reproductive cycle, only a single egg is produced. This therapy uses fertility medication to increase the number of mature eggs a woman produces, enhancing the likelihood of conception. When the time is appropriate, an IUI from a partner or donor may be performed.
The endocrinologists at Long Island IVF are nationally recognized for their ongoing research and case studies performed on ovulation induction. This research has empowered our physicians to help more couples achieve healthy pregnancies.