Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to facilitate fertilization.
The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization.
IUI provides the sperm an advantage by giving it a head start, but still requires a sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own. It is a less invasive and less expensive option compared to in vitro fertilization.
IUI treatment may be recommended for any of the following situations:
If treatment with fertility drugs alone is not successful
If a sperm donor is being used
sexual pain makes intercourse not possible
Some insurance companies require a few cycles of IUI before paying for IVF treatment.
IUI is not recommended for those with:
Blocked fallopian tubes
Previous pelvic infection
It is Less invasive and