Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment where sperm are placed directly into a person's uterus.

What happens in an IUI?

The process for an IUI can vary.  

The basics are that a person who ovulates and has their own eggs, will have sperm injected into their uterus around the time they ovulate in an attempt to get pregnant.

During an IUI cycle, there may be medications taken or not. 

  - Some people prefer to have a more natural cycle.  This means that they will not take any medication.  They will just chart, or use ovulation predictor strips (or kits).  Once they get an LH surge, they will go to the clinic and a medical professional will use sperm (either fresh or frozen that has been thawed) and inject it into the uterus.

  - Some people will want or need to have more medicalized IUI cycle.  This can mean using medications such as Clomid or Letrozole.  This can stimulate the ovaries more than a natural cycle.  They can do the same as above and use OPKs (ovulation predictor kits) or strips and test for their LH surge.  Once they surge, they would go into a clinic and have the sperm (fresh or frozen and thawed) injected into the uterus.  

*TIP:  If you have a partner (or partners) and they are allowed into the room when doing the IUI, ask if they can press the syringe to inject the sperm.  Some clinics will allow this.  It helps make the process a bit more personal.  Plus then they can say they "got you pregnant".... even if it wasn't their sperm.  My spouse did!