Artificial Insemination, also known as Intrauterine insemination (IUI), is a relatively painless procedure performed right in our office.

We first obtain a semen sample either from a partner or donor in order to do the artificial insemination. Fresh semen is first washed and spun in a test tube to allow the most active sperm to swim through a layer of filtering media. The resulting pellet at the bottom of the tube that contains mainly motile sperm is then resuspended in a special fluid to invigorate the sperm and make them ready for intrauterine insemination (also called IUI or artificial insemination.

Sperm have to normally travel through the vagina and cervix before finally entering the uterus and up into the fallopian tubes. By directly injecting the concentrated sperm, we essentially make the journey for the sperm to travel much shorter, increasing the chances of more sperm encountering the ovulated egg in the fallopian tube.

Artificial Insemination may be prescribed in the cases of:

Fertility medications that cause the ovaries to mature several eggs at once may be used in conjunction with IUI.

IUI Success Rates

Whether an IUI is successful varies greatly depending on the underlying cause of infertility, the age of our patient, and her response to fertility medications. IUI works best in patients with unexplained infertility, producing almost double the pregnancy rate over no treatment.
IUI doesn’t work very well for men with low sperm production or who have slight abnormalities in their sperm. Women who have severe fallopian tube problems, moderate to severe endometriosis, or a history of pelvic (lower belly) infections will most likely see better success with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Chances at success increase with each IUI attempt.

See our latest success rates page.

Cost of IUI

The least expensive treatment plan is Relations, being that intercourse (relations) occurs at home. The next step up is artificial insemination, requiring only a minimally invasive procedure right in our office, where a catheter is used to inject sperm into the cervix or uterus. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most complex treatment, and therefore is the most expensive option.

It is important to know that our in-house insurance specialists will contact your insurance company to discover the details of your particular policy before you even come in. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of in-house discounts, financing options, and payment plans not found elsewhere.