Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
In cases of ovarian stimulation for insemination, the stimulation is performed as mentioned above.
The insemination may be the first step in treating infertility, as long as the woman has patent fallopian tubes.
When there sperm presents mild problems (low motility or decreased number of spermatozoa) homologous insemination is performed with the husband’s sperm. In the absence of spermatozoa, heterologous intrauterine insemination may be carried out using third party donor sperm. In this case, the sperm may come from a sperm bank and, in compliance with applicable legal provisions, donors are anonymous.
Intrauterine insemination is a simple and painless procedure. The processed husband's or donor’s sperm is deposited directly inside the uterus with the aid of a special, thin catheter, at a time that has been determined by monitoring ovulation (with or without pharmaceutical ovarian stimulation). If pregnancy is not achieved after 4-6 IUI attempts, a different method of assisted reproduction will have to be applied.