Intrauterine Insemination - Your IUI Questions Answered

Intrauterine home insemination kit, or IUI, is used in couples who have difficulty conceiving and have tried other methods of conceiving. IUI is the process of implanting sperm into a woman's uterus through a catheter. If you are interested in or about to undergo an IUI procedure, you probably have a lot of questions. Keep reading for information you may need to know to prepare for your doctor's visit. 1. What is IUI? The IUI procedure is the process of injecting oil into a woman's uterus.

2. How is IUI performed?

IUI is performed by inserting a thin catheter into the woman's cervix. Once the catheter is inserted, the sperm bath is injected into the uterus. This procedure bypasses the cervix and any obstruction in the cervix or nasal cavity that may be blocking the view. It is generally a fast process.

3. How do you get oil?

If you live near a doctor's office, you can collect sperm at home. If you are not nearby, private homes and doctor's offices will be available to you. The man will be given a negative collection cup. The sample will be delivered to the doctor's office within half an hour of collection. In the case of home delivery, the sample must be stored at that temperature. 4. What is spam cleaning? Spam washing is the process of preparing sperm for fertilization. The seed is mixed in the laundry after it has been watered. Then it is spun in a centrifuge to separate sperm from motile sperm and non-motile sperm. It can be repeated. The sperm is then placed in a syringe and is ready for injection.

5. When should I do this?

Your doctor will give you the exact date, but this procedure is done either 6 hours before or 6 hours after ovulation. If you are not taking any fertility drugs, this is usually determined by your LH surge. You will need to take a pregnancy test to know when your LH surge is occurring. When your LH surge is diagnosed, you can have the procedure done within 24 to 36 hours. If you are using hCG injections, the procedure will most likely be done 24 to 26 hours after the injection. Time is important for many reasons. As ovulation approaches, your cervix will open and allow any catheter insertion. In addition, the sperm must be washed at regular intervals to remain effective.

6. What will happen during the process?

The first step would be to provide a sample of semen for sperm purification. Your doctor may ask you to come back later for ovulation depending on how long the sperm wash lasts. You will be asked to remove your clothes, usually from the waist down, and lie down. The doctor then inserts a catheter and injects the washed semen into your uterus. You may need to lie down and elevate your hips for 10-30 minutes. 7. Will IUI hurt? If IUI is done at the right time during your cycle, you may only experience discomfort. It will look like a pap smear. Some women report that it breaks later, but this may be due to ovulation and not the process.

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