Artificial Insemination, also called intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a brief in-office procedure of transferring washed sperm (a technique that identifies healthy sperm cells, extracts dead or slow moving sperm, and removes chemicals from the seminal fluid that may hinder fertilization) into the uterus with a thin spaghetti-like catheter. The catheter helps the sperm bypass potential vaginal-cervical sperm barriers and increases the concentration of sperm near the fertilization site (in the fallopian tubes).
Pregnancy rates are higher with this technique than with sexual intercourse. This may be due to improved timing, improved sperm placement, or other undetermined factors that may activate the sperm.
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