Once known as artificial insemination, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the process by which sperm is deposited in a woman's uterus through artificial means.

For many couples, this is a less invasive and more affordable alternative to IVF. Explaining IUI will give you a general overview of the process.

However, IUI is not the only artificial insemination procedure performed. In addition to IUI, individuals with fertility problems may elect to try intravaginal insemination (IVI), intracervical insemination (ICI), or intratubal insemination (ITI).

To ensure that artificial insemination works you need to maintain healthy lifestyle exercising a lot and taking important antioxidants and minerals.

Sperm used in IUI must first be properly prepared. This process is known as sperm washing. Just how far in advance the sperm you are using in your procedure is prepared can influence the chances of success with this procedure.

Of course, as with any form of infertility treatment, there are variable factors which can affect how successful this treatment will be for you. Learn more about these factors in Getting the Best Results.

While some couples may use their male partner's sperm, other couples may choose to use a sperm donor.

Why Use a Donor? outlines the many reasons why some couples prefer to use donor sperm. Donor sperm used in IUI can be provided by someone the couple knows personally or by an anonymous male.

Still need more answers? Then check out IUI FAQs, which has some of the most commonly asked questions about this fertility treatment.


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My husband has antibodies in his sperm! so we started the iui process. I just had my first iui fail thus week. :( All ultrasounds and blood work own my end were always good. I had lots of follicles and 3 eggs at the right size when the iui happened. I thought it would work for sure. Sadly I was wrong and now I have cysts on both ovaries. I would imagine we'll try again. We just have to wait a month now. I'm already taking prenatal vitamins. What antioxidants and minerals do I need?
10 years ago