In some cases we may recommend Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or Assisted Insemination (AI) as a simpler first attempt at fertility treatment or if one of these circumstances applies to you:
- there is a physical problem with sexual intercourse;
- scarring of the cervix prevents sperm penetration; or
- donor sperm is required.
During an IUI cycle, Ying monitors your progress with blood tests and ultrasounds so that the insemination can be timed precisely – Ying may or may not prescribe ovarian stimulation. Close to the time of ovulation, Ying places the sperm directly into a woman’s cervix or uterus with a soft, thin plastic tube.
IUI is not as effective as IVF in cases where there is low sperm count, or if you suffer from severe endometriosis. It’s also not recommended if your fallopian tubes are blocked or if the cause of your infertility is unknown.