What's Involved With an IUI?

Couples who are trying to become pregnant may consider intrauterine insemination (IUI). This procedure can be used alone or in combination with ovulation-stimulating drugs. It involves placing sperm from a male partner or donor into a woman's cervix near the fallopian tubes. IUI does carry certain risks, and various factors affect the success rate; however, it is worth discussing with both your healthcare provider and your insurance company.


Why Would I Consider Intrauterine Insemination?

While many women may have spent a good part of their lives trying to avoid becoming pregnant, things may not go as planned once they finally decide to try to conceive. If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, you may be searching for some answers. For those who have been trying to get pregnant for three or four months, your healthcare provider may recommend that you keep trying -- for some women, it just takes a little more time.
However, if you are younger than 35 years old and have been trying to conceive for at least a year, or if you are over the age of 35 and have been trying for at least six months, it may be time to think about talking to your healthcare provider about fertility treatment.
Although your healthcare provider may recommend several other options before mentioning intrauterine insemination (IUI), this can be something to consider if you are having difficulties getting pregnant. An IUI is a procedure where sperm is placed into a woman's uterus when she is ovulating. But when (and how) is an IUI done, and is it the right option for you?
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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