Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a simple, safe procedure that is often one of the first fertility treatments for couples wishing to realize their desire for a child.
It relies on the natural ability of sperm to fertilize an egg in the fallopian tube. Studies show that the effectiveness of this procedure is limited if the quality of the partner’s sperm is altered. A sperm analysis prior to the procedure is therefore relevant, as it will confirm the quality of the male partner’s sperm.
Sperm preparation for IUI takes just a few hours. The procedure is organized around the patient’s ovulation to optimize the chances of pregnancy, and involves depositing an enriched sperm preparation in the uterus. This is a painless gynecological procedure that requires no anesthesia.