Getting pregnant isn’t always easy for couples, and OC Fertility in Newport Beach, California, offers an expert form of artificial insemination (AI) called intrauterine insemination (IUI). Sharon Moayeri, MD, and Nidhee Sachdev, MD, offer this painless, in-office procedure which directly inserts sperm, or donor sperm, into a woman’s uterus and increases the chances of becoming pregnant. If you’re interested in discussing your options for artificial insemination, reach out by phone or book an appointment online to OC Fertility today.
Artificial insemination (AI) is the introduction of sperm into a woman’s uterus, other than through sexual intercourse, with the desire to achieve pregnancy.
OC Fertility offers a type of AI called intrauterine insemination (IUI), a procedure that places sperm inside a woman’s uterus during her time of ovulation.
During sex, sperm has to travel through the vagina and cervix before reaching the uterus and then fallopian tubes. During IUI, your physician is able to place sperm directly in the uterus to help increase the chances of egg fertilization.
Your physician may encourage IUI as a fertility treatment for many reasons, some of which are:
During the process, you collaborate with your physician on how to collect the sperm for use or utilize donor sperm options.
Your physician may encourage combining artificial insemination with medications that help a woman produce more eggs during ovulation, which helps increase the chance of pregnancy. Insemination can also take place during a cycle with no added medication.
An ultrasound is used to assess a woman’s number of eggs, and determine which dosage of medication, if any, is needed.
Occasionally, many eggs are grown as a result of the medications, increasing the chance of multiples but your physician works with you to minimize the risks and to make sure everything is safe before proceeding.
Artificial insemination or IUI usually occurs around ovulation. Your doctor may use an injection that triggers ovulation.
On the day of the IUI, the OC Fertility lab preps the sperm sample you’re using in order to accumulate the most motile sperm within a fluid that’s gentle on the uterus.
For the female patient, the procedure occurs at the office, and is similar to a pap smear. A flexible tube (catheter) is used and is gently passed through the cervix, and the sperm is inserted into her uterus.
After the procedure, the patient can lie back and rest for a moment, and may or may not experience light cramping or spotting. She can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
It’s shown that couples who don’t use medical treatment have a 1-5% of getting pregnant during a woman’s menstrual cycle, while IUI couples increase their chances up to 10%.
Your physician will discuss a treatment plan with you to determine the number of artificial insemination cycles you are likely to benefit from.
If you’re interested in discussing your artificial insemination options, reach out by phone or book an appointment online at OC Fertility today.