If you experience infertility, intrauterine insemination (IUI) may increase your chances of getting pregnant, especially when combined with ovulation stimulation. At A'fina Houston OB/GYN in Webster, Texas, Kingsley Asumugha, MD, FACOG, offers IUI and other infertility treatments. To find out if IUI is right for you, call the office request an appointment online today.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves placing healthy sperm inside your uterus around the time of ovulation. The purpose of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that enter the fallopian tubes, which is where fertilization takes place. The sperm may come from your partner or from a donor. Donor sperm comes from a certified lab.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Asumugha may coordinate IUI with your normal cycle, or he may combine this treatment with ovulation induction medications.
IUI most commonly treats infertility due to a low sperm count or irregular sperm mobility. However, Dr. Asumugha uses IUI to treat a variety of conditions that may contribute to infertility, including:
Sometimes, infertility has no clear cause. IUI, along with ovulation induction, is often the initial treatment for unexplained infertility.
Before you decide to undergo IUI or any type of fertility treatment, Dr. Asumugha takes the time to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure.
IUI is a relatively safe procedure with a low risk of serious complications. However, there is a slight risk of developing an infection after the procedure. You may also experience mild spotting, but this usually doesn’t affect your chances of conceiving.
Taking medications to stimulate ovulation during IUI increases your risk of a multiple pregnancy, including twins, triplets, or more. IUI on its own isn’t associated with a higher risk of multiple pregnancies.
The IUI procedure itself only takes about 15-20 minutes, but preparing for it requires careful coordination.
First, the sperm needs special preparation in a lab. Whether you’re using sperm from your partner or donor sperm, it needs to undergo processing that separates the healthy, highly active sperm from other elements in the semen.
Then, you need to monitor your ovulation. You may use an at-home ovulation predictor kit or Dr. Asumugha may take an in-office ultrasound. He may also give you a gonadotropin injection to stimulate ovulation at the right time.
IUI is most successful when it happens a day or two after you ovulate. Dr. Asumugha helps you plan out the precise timing of your procedure so you know what to expect.
If you’re considering intrauterine insemination, call A'fina Houston OB/GYN, or request an appointment online today.