What is Intrauterine Insemination?
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs in a cycle. When the eggs reach maturity and ovulation is triggered, a prepared male sperm sample is placed into the upper uterine cavity with a narrow catheter. This treatment increases the number of eggs released per cycle and ensures that the sperm reach the reproductive tract. The sperm benefits by having a head start towards reaching the egg on its own, resulting in a normal pregnancy. IUI provides a strong advantage as it reduces some of the variability and timing issues that affect conception.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) vs. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI):
Compared to In Vitro Fertilization, Intrauterine Insemination is less invasive and less expensive. IUI holds a higher success rate compared to monitored, timed intercourse and is most effective for patients under the age of 38 with mild infertility such as issues concerning cervical fluid and sperm motility. IUI is not as suitable for women over the age of 38 with a history of pelvic infections, endometriosis, issues regarding their fallopian tubes, and severe sperm motility issues. IVF would be the favorable treatment in those cases.
During your initial consultation with our faculty, we will assess your medical history and condition to help you make an informed decision on whether IUI or IVF is more suitable for your individual needs. Our clinic does not follow a generic protocol; here at Unity Fertility, each of our patients receive personalized treatments that are directly catered for them. Understanding what exactly is causing a patient’s infertility is crucial to deciding which treatment is the best plan with the highest success rate.