Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is used for improving the number of sperm that are able to make their way to the egg. To be effective, we perform the IUI procedure within a few hours of ovulation.
The man produces a fresh sample on the day of insemination and the sperm is processed (or washed) so the sperm are concentrated into a small volume. When the sample is ready, a small tube is placed through the woman’s cervix into the uterus to introduce the concentrated sperm sample.
After insemination, the woman rests in the office for about 15 minutes, then can go back to work. Heavy lifting, exercising, or swimming is discouraged for 24 hours.