Intra Uterine Insemination

Intra Uterine Insemination

IUI is the first step towards fertility treatment after OI (Ovarian Induction). This procedure is cost effective and increases the chances of pregnancy by 20-25%. The procedure starts with ovarian induction or stimulation of ovary; medications are given for development of one or more mature follicles in a woman’s ovaries. Then the follicles and endometrium are monitored by ultrasound scan and if required doctor might give gonadotropins injections to those whose egg are not growing.

It is followed by an hCG injection to induce ovulation, the final maturation of the egg and loosening of the egg from the follicle wall. After 48 hours the male partners semen sample is collected and washed in which sperm is separated from the other components of the semen. Through a speculum the washed specimen of highly motile sperm is placed higher in the uterine cavity using a sterile, flexible catheter.

IUI is useful when:
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