Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a treatment that is usually used to treat couples where male infertility is a problem, or when the female has problems with ovulation (does not produce eggs or eggs of low quality.) This treatment removes the hurdle of the sperm having to swim through the cervix.
With IUI, the sperm sample is washed and concentrated, then placed in a transfer catheter. This catheter is then inserted through the cervix and the sperm are injected. This ensures that the sperm are in the right place. The sperm are then able to swim up to the fallopian tubes where they may fertilize the egg. This procedure is not uncomfortable and requires no anesthesia, as the catheter is very small.
IUI can be done with fertility medications. Women who do not ovulate regularly, can be monitored and placed on fertility medications, which stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. This must be done with monitoring to make sure the right number of eggs are matured.
Generally the success of IUI is anywhere from 10% to 20% depending on the age of the woman and the quality of the sperm. Many patients try two or three IUIs and if they have no success, they move to IVF (in vitro fertilization).
IVF has three times the success rates of IUI because IVF allows embryologists to see the quality of the egg and allows for performing genetic screening on the embryo. IVF treatment involves more stimulation of the ovaries to produce more eggs, and the eggs are then fertilized in our embryology lab which ensures that the eggs are fertilized.
Dr. Littman has extensive experience with intrauterine insemination combined with our exceptional lab and embryologists. We can facilitate your treatment for a successful outcome.
Insurance frequently covers the cost of IUI, though most insurance companies do not cover the cost of medications.
To determine if IUI is the best course of action for you, set up a consultation with the medical team at Red Rock Fertility Center by calling (702) 749-4834 or filling out the contact form below.