Intra Uterine insemination involves preparing the semen of the prospective father in a laboratory, selecting only the highest quality sperms for insemination. Treated semen are then introduced into the womb just before ovulation. It can be used with either natural ovulation or in conjunction with clomid or injectable hormones, to induce ovulation.
What does Intra Uterine Insemination involve?
- A course of medication for the prospective mother to stimulate the ovaries. On day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle, an assessment is made through ultrasound and blood tests. Fertility medication is then prescribed to stimulate ovulation as needed.
- Monitoring and regular scans check follicle development. Ultrasound scans track development of the prospective mother’s eggs as well as endometrium assessment.
- As soon as an egg matures, a hormone injection stimulates egg release within a scheduled timeframe.
- The prospective father produces a semen sample two hours before the IUI. The sample is washed to remove fluid surrounding it while rapidly moving sperms are selected.
- Selected sperms are injected into the uterus.
- The whole process takes just a few minutes. It is usually painless but some women may experience a temporary menstrual-like cramping.
- If within 2 weeks the menstrual cycle did not start, the patient is advised to perform a pregnancy test.