What you can expectBy Mayo Clinic staff
An IUI takes place in your doctor's office or clinic. Your doctor or a specially trained nurse performs the procedure. The IUI procedure itself requires no medications or pain relievers.
During the procedure
First, you'll change into a hospital gown. Next, while lying on an exam table, you'll put your legs into stirrups and a speculum will be inserted into your vagina — similar to what you experience during a Pap test.
The doctor or nurse then inserts a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter into your vagina, through your cervical opening and into your uterus. A vial containing the small sample of healthy sperm is attached to the end of the catheter, and the sperm sample is pushed through the tube into your uterus. The doctor or nurse then removes the catheter, followed by the speculum.
After the procedure
The intrauterine insemination procedure usually takes 15 to 20 minutes. After insemination you'll be asked to lie on your back for a brief period. After the procedure is over, you can get dressed and go about your normal daily activities. You may experience some light spotting for a day or two after the procedure.
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