South Sound Women's Center, an OB/GYN Practice in Olympia, WA

Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a procedure that inserts a concentrated sample of sperm directly into the uterus through the cervix.

The procedure is performed either the day of ovulation or the following day.

IUI can be performed during a stimulated (with Clomid) or unstimulated (without Clomid) cycle.

If IUI has been recommended, you should use an Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) and notify the office when it is positive.

IUI's are only done Mon-Sat except holidays.

If you expect your OPK to be positive over the weekend, please call our office so we can arrange to have coverage.
A positive OPK on Saturday means an IUI will be performed that day.

A positive OPK on Sunday means an IUI will be performed the following day on Monday.

When the father's sperm is to be used, he needs to leave the sample one hour before the scheduled IUI as it takes about an hour to process the sperm for insemination.

When a donor sperm is used, you can have the sample shipped directly to our office a few days before the anticipated positive OPK.

After the procedure, you are asked to lie with your hips tilted up for 20 minutes.

Ten days after the insemination, you can come to the office so we may draw a serum pregnancy test.

The recommended number of IUI's is 6 before judging it to be unsuccessful

Check with our billing department to determine if you will have to pay at the time of service or if we will file a claim depending upon your insurance coverage.  They will also be able to advise you on out-of-pocket costs, if applicable.

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