What you can expect

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The visit for intrauterine insemination takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is usually done in a doctor's office or clinic. The IUI procedure itself takes just a minute or two and requires no medications or pain relievers. Your doctor or a specially trained nurse performs the procedure.

During the procedure

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. During the procedure, the doctor or nurse:

  • Attaches a vial containing the small sample of healthy sperm to the end of a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter)
  • Inserts the catheter into your vagina, through your cervical opening and into your uterus
  • Pushes the sperm sample through the tube into your uterus
  • Removes the catheter, followed by the speculum

After the procedure

After insemination you'll be asked to lie on your back for a brief period. Once 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.

Jun. 29, 2013