Menstrual Glossary A to Z

Intrauterine Insemination

A form of artificial insemination. In the Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) procedure, sperm is deposited into the uterus via a thin catheter threaded through the vagina and cervix.

While IUI can assist with treating some forms of infertility, it is not helpful in cases where the woman's fallopian tubes are scarred or otherwise less than optimal. IUI is often one of the first treatments attempted by patients with fertility problems, as it is less expensive per procedure than In Vitro Fertilization and less complicated.

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