Insemination for Infertility - Topic Overview
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the
flushing of specially washed sperm through a thin flexible tube (catheter)
directly into the uterus.
Artificial insemination (AI) is the placement
of sperm into a woman's cervix or vagina. The sperm then travel into the uterus
and fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg.
See an illustration of the
female reproductive system .
- Can be done with sperm from the male partner or a
- Are conducted during the most fertile part of a woman's
- Can be combined with superovulation (medication
or hormone treatment that promotes multiple egg production) to increase the
chances of conception.
- Do not require surgery.
Insemination procedures can improve your chances of conceiving a
pregnancy, especially when combined with