George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

Ovulation Induction/IUI

The most common cause of not ovulating is to a failure of the pituitary gland, which controls ovarian function, and the ovaries to communicate. Fertility drugs can be used to increase the pituitary's stimulation of the ovaries or, to stimulate the ovaries directly. These medications may also be used for women who are ovulating to increase their chance of pregnancy per-cycle.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) increases the number of sperm that reach the eggs and improve the chances of pregnancy. For IUI, a sperm sample is prepared in the lab that separates moving, most normally shaped sperm. These sperm aresuspended them in a small volume of fluid which is injected into the uterus using a small, flexible catheter.

The purpose of combining ovarian stimulation and IUI is to increase the number of sperm and eggs which come in contact with each other, improving the chance of pregnancy per cycle. This is frequently the first step in treating couples who have not become pregnant.

If you would like more information on fertility treatment or IUI, please contact us or make an appointment for a consultation.

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