Insemination procedures put sperm directly into the woman's
reproductive tract with a tube inserted through the vagina. By doing so, they
can improve the chances of conception in women who have difficulty conceiving
Types of insemination include:
Intrauterine insemination (IUI), the flushing of specially washed sperm through a thin flexible
tube (catheter) directly into the uterus. The sperm then travel through the
uterus and into the fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg. This is
sometimes combined with drug treatment of the woman to stimulate
Artificial insemination (AI), the
placement of sperm into a woman's cervix or vagina. The sperm then travel into
the uterus and fallopian tubes, where they may fertilize an egg.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.