Intrauterine insemination is a relatively simple infertility treatment where a small catheter is used to place washed sperm directly in to the uterus.
In this procedure, washed prepared sperms are deposited into the woman’s uterus (womb) at around the time of ovulation, with the aim of getting the sperm as close to the egg as possible. Washing ensures that mucus and non-motile sperms are removed, so that the chances of pregnancy are increased. Sometimes two inseminations may be necessary during a fertility window to further enhance the chances of pregnancy. The procedure for insemination is very simple, fast and painless. It involves insertion of a speculum into the vagina to visualize the cervix and then cervix is cleaned with culture medium. The prepared sperm is then injected into the cavity of the womb using a fine plastic catheter. After insemination a little rest for the patient is advisable.