Center for Human Reproduction
Infertility Specialists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) can fertilize eggs in the uterus. It can be a good option for women who have trouble getting pregnant because their partner has low sperm count, low sperm motility, or for other reasons. At the Center for Human Reproduction in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the team offers comprehensive fertility treatments, including IUI and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Leading fertility physicians Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS, and David Barad, MD, MS, FACOG, use the most advanced technology for the most reliable results, so book your consultation online or call the office today.
IUI Q & A
What is IUI?
IUI is a process to inject sperm into your uterus. It can greatly increase the number of sperm that reach your eggs, which improves your chances of a successful pregnancy.
IUI can help with several male fertility challenges, including low sperm count, low sperm motility, and sexual dysfunction. IUI can also be a good solution if you have cervical factor infertility, a condition in which your cervical mucus prevents sperm from reaching the uterus.
How does the IUI process work?
The IUI process can vary depending on your situation. In most cases, you start with ovulation induction. In this process, you use ovary-stimulating medications to increase the number of eggs you produce.
The Center for Human Reproduction team monitors you during ovarian induction. You have blood tests to check your hormone levels, along with vaginal ultrasound to check for ovarian follicle growth.
When your ovaries contain a significant amount of mature eggs, you have an hCG injection to start ovulation. You have the IUI treatment on two consecutive days, just before ovulation and immediately after ovulation.
Sperm comes from either your partner or a reputable local sperm bank. After lab preparation, the sperm goes directly into your uterus through a flexible thin catheter.
How does IUI compare to IVF?
IUI can be effective in some women, but in vitro fertilization or IVF is far more reliable. The average success rate during a single IUI cycle is, at best, only one-third of that of IVF.
If time is an important factor in your pregnancy, whether you want to get pregnant fast because of your age or some other reason, IVF is usually the better choice.
IUI is considerably cheaper in terms of what it costs for a single treatment cycle. However, when you consider the higher effectiveness of IVF, the cost difference is far lower.
IUI and IVF can both be effective, but ultimately, the choice of fertility services depends on your individual goals, preferences, and needs. The Center for Human Reproduction team can help you decide which options are most likely to help you become a parent in your time frame.
The Center for Human Reproduction is proud to offer the most effective IUI treatments. Call the office or click on the online appointment link to arrange your fertility services consultation with the caring experts.