Penn Fertility Care

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

How does IUI Work?

The IUI procedure is simple and may be performed even if the woman is not receiving medications to improve or increase her egg production. However, many physicians will encourage women to take medications to stimulate the ovaries in order to increase egg production and, hopefully, the chance of achieving pregnancy. Usually the IUI is scheduled 24-48 hours after ovulation is detected.

The semen sample will be processed by the laboratory in order to separate the sperm from the seminal fluid. A catheter is used to inject the processed sperm directly into the uterus. This process maximizes the number of sperm cells that are placed in the uterus and, thus, increases the possibility of conception. The IUI procedure is short and involves minimal discomfort. The next step is to wait for the pregnancy test.