Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment where sperm are placed directly into a woman’s uterus.
During natural conception, sperm have to travel from the vagina through the cervix, into the uterus, and up to the
fallopian tubes. With IUI, sperm are “washed” and concentrated, and also placed directly into the uterus, which
puts them closer to the egg.
This process can increase the likelihood of pregnancy in certain couples who have had difficulty getting pregnant.
IUI is a relatively noninvasive and less-expensive fertility treatment compared to more invasive and costly
treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In some cases, couples may begin with IUI before progressing to
IVF if needed. IUI may be the only treatment needed to achieve pregnancy.
IUI can be performed using a male partner’s sperm or donor sperm. IUI is most commonly used in these scenarios:
In situations where IUI isn’t recommended, another treatment such as IVF may be helpful. If you wish to discuss
options for conceiving, your doctor can help determine the best course for you.