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Insemination for Infertility

Overview

Insemination procedures can be used to treat infertility. They use a thin, flexible tube (catheter) to place sperm in the vagina, cervix, or uterus. The sperm then travel into the fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg. If the sperm are placed in the uterus, it's called intrauterine insemination (IUI).

These procedures:

  • Can be done with sperm from a partner or a donor.
  • Will often use concentrated sperm. This chooses the most active and healthy sperm.
  • Are done during the most fertile part of the menstrual cycle (ovulation).
  • Can be combined with superovulation treatment. This can increase the chances of conception.
  • Don't require surgery.

Credits

Current as of: November 22, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology