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Intrauterine Insemination

IUI Improves your chances of conception

Sometimes it can be difficult for the sperm to find its way to an egg. We use Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) to help the sperm get to where it needs to go. 

Normally, sperm is released into the vagina when a couple has intercourse. Then the sperm have to swim through a tiny hole in the cervix. The sperm continues through the cervical canal and into the uterus. In some cases, help is needed to get the sperm into the uterine cavity. This may be due to:

  • Low sperm count
  • Thick or “hostile” cervical mucus
  • Poor timing interaction between the sperm and egg

What to expect during IUI

First, a semen sample is collected and delivered to the lab where it is “washed”. The sperm are then placed into syringe that is attached to a long, thin, soft, flexible catheter (insertable tube). A speculum (medical instrument) is inserted into the vagina so that your provider can see your cervix.  Your provider then wipes away any cervical mucus. Next, the tiny catheter is inserted through your cervix into your uterus. Finally, the sperm are slowly injected. The whole process takes just a few minutes.  Afterwards, you will be instructed to lie flat for approximately 15-20 minutes. This will allow the sperm to start to swim up your fallopian tubes. This is where fertilization should take place as the sperm comes into contact with the egg/eggs.

Schedule an Appointment

503 418-4500
or
855-230-4500 (toll-free)

Insurance

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