IntraUterine Insemination is a procedure that may lead to pregnancy and involves using collected sperm, which is inserted in the uterus. There is only a small window of opportunity to perform the IUI, and this is at the time of ovulation. A good fertility doctor can choose the date so that there are increased chances of conceiving.
The Best Time for IUI
Prior to an intrauterine insemination procedure, the patient will receive pills or injections that contain hormones and will stimulate the production of mature ovules by the ovaries, so that when the sperm is inserted, there are high chances of fertilization. The best time to insert the sperm in the uterus should be studied. The exact ovulation time can be established by monitoring the activity of the ovaries and also through blood tests, which indicate the hormonal levels.
The IUI should be performed 6 hours prior to the time of ovulation or 6 hours after the ovulation. This will increase the chances of fertilization of the egg that is released. However, some fertility doctors may schedule the IUI 12 hours prior to or after the ovulation, which is still a safe time to get the procedure done.
When the HCG injection is used, the IUI is to be performed 24 hours after the ovulation time. If two IUIs are programmed, these will be spaced 12 hours apart. The sperm can survive for up to 5 days, so the only concern when performing the IUI is to find the time of the ovulation.