IUI Procedure at Hart Fertility Clinic in North Houston
IUI, which stands for Intrauterine Insemination, is one of the simpler procedures we offer at Hart Fertility Clinic in Kingwood and The Woodlands. It is ideal for women who are experiencing unexplained infertility and/or their partner experiences sperm abnormalities. IUI is meant as a boost and serves to increase how much sperm can travel, resulting in an improved chance of fertilization.
How Does An IUI Procedure Work?
Evaluation Prior to Infertility Treatment
First of all, if you are worried about how long it has taken you to get pregnant, you should first speak with a doctor and voice your concerns. Your doctor will ask you questions relating to yours and your partner's individual medical histories and sexual histories. After this, your doctor will administer specialized tests, such as a semen analysis and a fallopian tube evaluation to determine if infertility is something you and your partner should be concerned with and what your options are.
IUI is often the first form of treatment, especially if your infertility seems unexplained or if your partner's sperm motility is an obstacle.
Prior to Intrauterine Insemination
Once your doctor has determined that IUI is a viable treatment option for you, you may be given ovulation-stimulating medication. Our North Houston fertility specialists will closely monitor you as you take these medications so we know when your eggs are mature. Within 24-36 hours of your eggs maturing, we will perform the procedure.
If you suffer from endometriosis, you may also be given medications that encourage good quality eggs, in addition to the ovulation-stimulating medications. This will ensure you have a good egg for the procedure.
Performing an IUI Procedure
Your partner, or a donor if that is what you and your partner wish, will provide us with a semen sample, which will be taken to a lab and specially washed to separate the semen from its fluid. This also helps separate the lower quality sperm from the more motile sperm. We will then insert the semen directly into the uterus to ensure as many sperm cells as possible are placed in the uterus, which offers a boost and increases your possibility of conceiving. The process only takes a few minutes and is absolutely pain-free.
IUI Infertility Treatment at Our North Houston Fertility Clinic
Infertility is a challenge, but our team at Hart Fertility is here to support you the entire way and offer you the best care possible. If you and your partner are candidates for Intrauterine Insemination and would like to discuss it in more detail, please book an appointment with us.