Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Age-old procedure for guaranteed miracles.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is an age-old technique, commonly performed in cases of cervical hostility, erectile dysfunction and unexplained infertility. In this procedure, sperms are placed directly inside the uterine cavity after preparation of the sample.

It is mandatory to have the tubes open for this particular procedure. If the tubes are blocked, then the patient has to resort to ‘test tube baby’ treatment or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

When to go for IUI?

  • When the woman has a cervical mucus problem - that may be scanty or hostile to the sperm
  • When the man has antibodies to his own sperms. The “good’ sperms which have not been affected by the antibodies are separated in the laboratory and used for IUI
  • If the man cannot ejaculate into his partner’s vagina. This is usually because of psychological problems such as impotence (inability to get and maintain an erection) and vaginismus (an involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles so that vaginal penetration is not possible); or anatomic problems of the penis, such as uncorrected hypospadias or if he is paraplegic.
  • The man suffers from retrograde ejaculation in which the semen goes backward into the bladder instead of coming out of the penis.
  • For unexplained infertility, since the technique of IUI increases the chances of the egg and sperm meeting.
  • For younger couples since it is much cheaper and less intrusive procedure.
  • For male factor infertility, though this is a controversial area, especially for the common problem of oligospermia (a low sperm count).
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