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IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often a first line treatment for women with infertility before reaching in vitro fertilization (IVF). It is a fertility procedure that is administered here at our Scottsdale fertility center, takes just a few minutes, and requires no anesthesia or surgery.

An intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure involves placing concentrated, cleaned sperm inside a woman’s uterus (via a very thin and flexible catheter) to increase the number of sperm to make it through the fallopian tubes to reach the egg, where fertilization occurs. The procedure is timed to coincide with the patient’s ovulation, which increases the chance of fertilization and pregnancy.

Our goal is for you to get pregnant fast and to experience a healthy and successful pregnancy in the shortest time possible!

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER IUI?

• Male factor fertility cases with decreased sperm count or movement
• Single women or couples who are new to fertility treatments
• Single women who wish to have a baby using a sperm donor
• Lesbians
• Women who do not ovulate regularly
• Women who have not been able to get pregnant with ovulation fertility medications
• Unexplained fertility cases
• Individuals or couples who desire more aggressive treatment than timed intercourse
• Individuals or couples who desire an inexpensive treatment option

WHAT IS THE IUI PROCESS?

When you undergo the IUI procedure, you can expect to go through the following steps:

ovarian stimulationOVARIAN STIMULATION

You begin taking fertility drugs, and your ovulation cycle will be monitored. Generally the drug regiment is started close to the beginning of your menstrual cycle so to encourage more eggs to release from your ovaries, instead of the usual one.

OVULATION TIMEOVULATION TIME

The time of ovulation will be closely tracked by both you, Dr. Hade, and our team. You will be given an ovulation detector to track your progress, and when ovulation nears we will use an ultrasound to confirm that the egg has been released.

SPERMSEMEN ANALYSIS

Once ovulation has occurred, your partner will provide a sperm sample (or you will obtain donor sperm) that will be specially washed and prepared for the insemination.

INJECT SPERMINSEMINATION

Dr. Hade will inject the cleaned sperm into a catheter (tube) which is inserted through the cervix and into your uterus. The entire insemination is conducted in a relatively quick and painless office visit.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY IUI WAS SUCCESSFUL?

Implantation generally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation — so you will know in two weeks (via a pregnancy test) if your IUI was successful.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IUI?

Generally, IUI doubles the pregnancy rates that are obtained with natural intercourse. Success rates also depends on your age, the conditions contributing to infertility, and the sperm count in the specimen. Based on your fertility history, Dr. Hade will provide you with a more detailed estimate of success via IUI treatment.

IS IUI RIGHT FOR ME?

Scheduling an appointment with our fertility experts in Scottsdale is a great first step towards understanding what treatment option is best for you. Remember, every fertility case is unique and not all cases follow the same path. Dr. Hade will review your medical history and complete a full fertility workup before discussing your options.