IUI can help you conceive if your partner has a low sperm count or poor sperm motility. (Poor motility simply means that sperm has a hard time reaching an egg.)
IUI also helps if you're taking medication to ovulate or produce extra eggs and insemination is timed to boost your chance of pregnancy.
Other fertility problems treatable with IUI include:

  • Unexplained infertility
  • Cervical scarring or cervical mucus abnormalities
  • Severe pain during sex
  • Problems with ejaculation or developing an erection
  • Sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV or hepatitis (in either partner)
  • Semen allergy

Insemination takes only a few minutes, but you may be on fertility drugs for about a week before you ovulate. Depending on the cause of your fertility problem, you may have three or four IUI cycles before getting pregnant or trying another treatment, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF)

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