IUI is Less Invasive, Less Expensive Option for Some Fertility Patients

In vitro fertilization is usually the first procedure people think of when they hear the term “infertility.” However, in vitro fertilization is not the only option for couples struggling to conceive, nor is it the first step in many treatment plans. Often ovulation induction and Intrauterine insemination (OI / IUI) is utilized by reproductive endocrinologists. Explains Dr. Stephanie Singleton of The Fertility Center of Charleston (TFCOC), “Ovulation induction is the stimulation of the ovaries to produce multiple oocytes and to release them and Intrauterine insemination is an office procedure in which prepared sperm cells are placed directly into a woman’s uterus to produce pregnancy.” Frequently referred to as artificial insemination, IUI is recommended for various infertility causes. Dr. Singleton explains, “IUI increases the chances of pregnancy because the sperm are placed directly in the uterus, bypassing the cervix and improving the delivery of the sperm to the egg.” It is performed in combination with ovulation induction to ensure eggs are mature and available during the insemination. Some indications for IUI include:

  • Couples with no known cause of infertility
  • Couples in which the male has mild decreased semen quality
  • Women with ovulatory disorders who respond well to fertility medication
  • Women using donor sperm
  • Couples who have infrequent intercourse

IUI is often a less invasive and less expensive option for patients. The Fertility Center of Charleston and Dr. Singleton are excited for their patients who prove successful with ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. “They called me before I got home after my blood draw and told me I was pregnant,” says Stephanie Yelverton who is now a mother to a precious little girl. She states, “Infertility is a journey. The Fertility Center of Charleston staff became like family. Now thanks to them and this procedure, I have a family of my own.”