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Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a treatment for infertility.
IUI involves placing sperm into the uterus.
IUI gives the sperm a head start in entering the womb, but will still have to reach and fertilize the egg on its own.
IUI is a fertility treatment indicated for couples with conditions such as unexplained infertility, abnormal sperm count or mobility, cervical problems and ejaculatory dysfunction. IUI is also used in single women and LGBTQ patients.
Ovulation (release of an egg) is monitored via ultrasounds and blood tests. This is done using ultrasounds and blood tests.
Dr Andreadis may ask you to take medication to stimulate the ovaries and to improve egg production and chances of pregnancy.
A semen sample is provided washed and prepared.
There are higher chances of conceiving if a highly concentrated sample of healthy sperm is used.
There is minimal discomfort and it is completed in a short time.
IUI are usually performed a day or two after ovulation is identified.
A speculum is inserted into the vagina (just like a pap smear). A soft catheter is used to place the sperm into the uterus. You may want to discuss inserting the speculum yourself with Dr Andreadis if you have any concerns.
IUI is relatively safe and is not associated with serious complications; however, certain risks may occur such as infection and vaginal bleeding due to the placement of the catheter inside the uterus.
IUI by itself may not be associated with a risk of multiple pregnancies. However, when coupled with ovulation inducing medication, there may be a higher risk of multiple pregnancies.
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Newtown, NSW 2042
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