What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI), sometimes referred to as Artificial insemination (AI), is an infertility treatment that may be one of the options considered before attempting complex treatments, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). IUI is a relatively simple procedure that involves injecting the husband’s laboratory-prepared sperm directly into the wife’s uterus. This aims to increase the number of sperm that reach the egg in order to enhance the chances of fertilization.
IUI is performed in conjunction with ultrasound to track follicular development to estimate the likely day of ovulation (release of the egg from the ovary) and usually an injection of HCG is given to help time the release of the egg with the IUI.