Frequently Asked Questions
We offer ovulation tracking and counseling for both intracervical (ICI) and intrauterine (IUI) insemination and in-office IUI or ICI. At this time, IUI and ICI are available to those interested in using donor sperm with insemination to become pregnant. ICI can be done with unwashed “fresh” samples also. We hope to offer known donor services for IUI with sperm washing in the near future.
ICI places sperm at the opening of the cervix in the vagina, while IUI places sperm directly into the uterus. ICI is done with unwashed “fresh” samples (in the case of a known donor) or purchased “frozen” donor sperm. IUI is done with washed “frozen” samples or washed “fresh” samples (fresh samples for IUI are not currently offered at TMC). You may choose to do ICI at home, and we can help you with timing. ICI can be done without a speculum, but IUI requires visualization of the cervix with a speculum.
Inseminations will be done in our exam rooms or birth suites designed to look and feel more comfortable than a traditional clinic room. You are welcome to bring any music or special elements to make you feel comfortable. We welcome support people to come with you if desired.
Yes. We will help you make sure your experience is how you envision it. The midwife will place the catheter, but anyone you’d like can place the sample.
A complete medical history and a conversation about the next phase of fertility tracking are essential to this process. It is useful to have previous gynecological records and any fertility prep and/or fertility/period tracking information you have for this visit (though not required). This visit will address informed consent, the type of sperm sample appropriate for you, and sperm sample collection, storage, and sperm bank information (if needed).
No, we do not require Clomid or fertility medications. We can order some basic labs as needed based on clinical review.
No, we do not perform ultrasounds for our Family Building Services. Insemination timing is tracked using cervical signs of ovulation and at-home urine test strips.
Intrauterine insemination is typically well-tolerated without the help of pain relievers. However, you may choose to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during your procedure for an additional fee. We cannot guarantee nitrous oxide will be available if it is already in use.