IUI is a promising path to parenthood
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, offers hope to many couples and individuals who are trying to conceive. IUI is a common first-line treatment for heterosexual couples who need a little help to become parents, as well as for single women and same-sex female couples who hope to have a child. Our reproductive endocrinology team has extensive experience providing this assisted reproductive technology, and has helped thousands of patients achieve parenthood through IUI in New Jersey.
IUI is often an effective treatment for couples who face certain types of fertility challenges.
Mild male factor infertility
When the male partner has a low sperm count, decreased motility, or abnormal sperm morphology, IUI can increase the chances of successful fertilization.
If the cervix poses a barrier to sperm due to thick cervical mucus or cervical scar tissue, IUI can bypass these obstacles to help sperm reach the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Women who experience irregular ovulation or ovulatory dysfunction can often benefit from IUI. Medications can be used to stimulate ovulation, and IUI can be timed to coincide with ovulation, increasing the chances of successful conception.
In cases where fertility testing reveals no clear cause of infertility, IUI can serve as a less invasive and more accessible first-line treatment, compared to more complex assisted reproductive technologies.
How does intrauterine insemination work?
For most couples, the IUI process is an exciting time of moving forward toward their goal of parenthood. Our team will be by your side, providing guidance and support through every step of the IUI process.
In some cases, medication is prescribed to stimulate the ovaries and promote the development of multiple mature eggs. We will monitor egg development closely to reduce the risk of twins, triplets or higher-order multiples.
Semen collection and preparation
The male partner provides a semen sample, which is “washed” in our laboratory to separate the healthy, motile sperm from the seminal fluid. If donor sperm is used, it will be thawed at the right time for use in the procedure.
In a simple, painless, in-office procedure, your Conceive NJ fertility specialist will use a thin, flexible catheter to gently insert the processed sperm directly into the uterus.
Monitoring and support
Some women may receive hormonal support after the IUI, to optimize the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy. When you come to us for IUI in New Jersey, you can trust that your intrauterine insemination will be performed by an expert reproductive endocrinologist, with the support of our experienced IVF laboratory team using the latest equipment and protocols.
IUI can be a valuable step on the path to parenthood
IUI for infertility offers hope and possibilities for individuals and couples trying to conceive. It is often recommended as a first-line treatment because it is relatively non-invasive and affordable, compared with other assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
For same-sex female couples without fertility challenges, IUI also offers a very good option for family building. In a process called reciprocal IVF, one partner can undergo ovarian stimulation to produce eggs, while the other partner can carry the pregnancy, thereby enabling both partners to be intimately involved in the joyful process of growing a family.
Learn about IUI at Conceive NJ
As with any fertility treatment, the first step is getting a baseline measure of fertility through fertility testing. If you’re ready to take the next step toward parenthood, contact Conceive NJ to schedule an appointment to learn more about IUI.