Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation and Artificial Insemination
The process of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation generally involves three steps (1) ovarian stimulation with fertility pills or fertility injections (2) triggering ovulation and (3) intrauterine insemination. To stimulate the development of ovarian follicles, wither fertility pills (like clomiphene citrate) or injections (follicle stimulation hormone (FSH) and or a combination of both FSH and Leutinizing hormone (hMG)) are used. When the leading follicle is mature, an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is administered, resulting in the ovulation approximately 36 hours later. Intrauterine insemination is then performed with washed and processed sperm from the husband or donor.
There are many indications for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and intrauterine insemination, including unexplained infertility, cervical scarring, and ejaculatory or erection problems. Success rates are dependent on the different factors for infertility. Talk to a Team RMI physician to find out if IUI is right for you.