Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is a fertility treatment in which sperm is placed directly into the uterus to enhance the chances of fertilization. This is done using a small catheter through the cervix, timed perfectly with ovulation. IUI may be recommended as a treatment option for various fertility issues. The indications for IUI include:
- Mild Male Factor Infertility: This is a condition in which the male partner has mildly low sperm count or motility. For more significant concentration or motility issues, IVF may be needed.
- Unexplained Infertility: This is a condition in which the cause of infertility cannot be determined after thorough testing. In this case, IUI is often combined with oral fertility medications.
- Same-Sex Couples and Single Parents: IUI with the use of donor sperm allows same-sex female couples and single individuals to have biological children.
- Cervical Issues: If there are problems with cervical mucus or cervical scarring that hinder the passage of sperm through the cervix, IUI can bypass this barrier and deliver sperm directly into the uterus.
- Ejaculation Dysfunction: Men with difficulty ejaculating or maintaining an erection may benefit from IUI, as it allows for the collection of sperm outside of intercourse.
The success rate of IUI depends on a number of factors, including age, the cause of infertility, and the quality of the sperm. The average success rate for IUI is about 15% per cycle.
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