Fertility Solutions recently held a very informative and fun evening of interactive discussion on various infertility topics presented by Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni. This is Part 1 of our series of blog posts answering the questions posed at the seminar.
IUI stands for intrauterine insemination and it is one of the treatment options available for patients at Fertility Solutions. It refers to the deposition of sperm directly into the uterus (as opposed to the vagina, which is what occurs during intercourse) during the time of ovulation. A thin, flexible catheter is used to bring washed sperm through the cervix and into the uterus. An IUI cycle is usually, but not always, combined with fertility medications (either oral or injectable) to cause ovulation induction so that several eggs are released at the time of insemination. IUI is a quick, painless and minimally invasive fertility treatment. IUI is a common fertility treatment and very often the first procedure that couples or individuals will seek. IUI is an appropriate treatment for couples who have tried to conceive for a year without success, in cases where the male has low sperm count or motility but otherwise healthy sperm, when donor sperm is required or when the female has unreceptive mucus in the cervix.