Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) involves using a catheter to place sperm into a woman’s uterus. This procedure is often used for women or couples with unexplained infertility, male factor infertility, same-sex female parenting, single mothers by choice, or in circumstances where sperm cannot enter the vagina through intercourse.
Sperm from the male partner or sperm donor is separated and washed in the andrology lab. Separation selects out motile sperm and concentrates them into a small sterile medium that will keep the sperm actively mobile. The separation process takes 1-2 hours, but the sperm can safely be stored in our incubator for up to 24 hours after resuspension.
Insemination is then performed by using a thin catheter to inject the sperm solution into the top of the uterus near the entrance of the fallopian tubes. Insemination is similar to the experience of a PAP smear, while the speculum may be uncomfortable. The catheter should not cause discomfort as it passes into the uterus. After the procedure, you will be asked to remain in a relaxed position for 5 minutes. Regular physical and sexual activity may be resumed after your appointment, and your care team will schedule an appointment to determine if you are pregnant in about two weeks.
“Optimal care of the infertile couple involves compassion, science, and data-driven decisions.”
Why RMA of New York: Intrauterine Insemination
RMA of New York offers patients personalized, compassionate, and premium fertility care. As the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of Mount Sinai Hospital, our team is dedicated to scientific discovery, graduate medical education, and patient-focused care. We are proud to be a member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and of recognition as a Center of Excellence by US News & World Report.
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