FAQs - Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination - This is useful when the husband sperm count/motility is low, for women who need to use donor sperm as in azoospermia (no sperms),  failed ovulation induction/timed intercourse cycles, mild endometriosis, unexplained infertility.

In this, sperms are placed directly inside the uterus close to the tubes around the time of ovulation. This reduces the time and distance sperm has to travel, so there is increased chance of fertilization and pregnancy.

This is cheaper than IVF/ICSI and has a success rate of 15-20% depending on the clinical condition of the patient

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When does the process of the IUI cycle begin?

You have to see the clinician on the second day of the period. You will be advised to take tablets, and or a few hormonal injections

When will I undergo the IUI procedure?

Ultrasound is done on day 8 and then repeated as required. When the follicle is of good size, trigger injection is given and IUI is planned 36-42hrs later

Do I need to fast prior to the IUI procedure?

No

Will I be given any anaesthesia during the procedure?

No

Will I experience any pain during this procedure?

It is a simple painless procedure

What is the procedure for semen collection?

There is a private sample collection room in the hospital . Make sure that all the semen collection containers are properly labeled with your identity to avoid mixing of samples .If you have difficulty in erection or ejaculation – inform us prior to collection

Can I use any lubricant?

Never use a jelly, lubricant, vaseline, spit or a condom for collecting the semen sample, they alter the quality.

Do i need to take bed rest after IUI?

You will be asked to lie down for 15min after IUI. No other bed rest is required

Can i have intercourse during this process?

Yes