Fertility & Reproductive Health

Intrauterine Insemination Services

Often, the first recommended treatment for unexplained infertility or infertility due to many mild conditions in the combination of oral ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination. Intrauterine insemination is also recommended in other settings, either with partner or donor sperm.


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To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, call 216-285-5028 today.

Insemination Process

With intrauterine insemination, sperm obtained from the partner is washed carefully in the University Hospitals Fertility Center’s andrology laboratory before the insemination procedure. When donor sperm is being used, the samples are kept frozen on site.

During the procedure, the sperm is injected directly into the uterus using a small catheter. The procedure is timed during ovulation to optimize the patient’s chances of conceiving. We will sometimes recommend additional treatment with fertility medications if needed during the insemination cycles to help with egg development. Our nursing staff and physicians are available seven days a week for treatment.

Donor Insemination

Insemination using donor sperm is one of the options individuals and couples can use to help them achieve their family goals. This can be a solution for single women, LGBTQ+ couples, and couples in which the male partner has identified sperm issues.

Although some people attempt insemination at home using sperm from a friend or acquaintance, we do not recommend this approach due to health risks, including infectious diseases, which can be transmitted from sperm during insemination.

At UH Fertility Center, our approach involves careful screening to evaluate each patient’s overall health and fertility and formulate customized treatment plans. We only use semen samples that have been thoroughly screened to minimize the risk of infectious disease. We also assist our patients in understanding the legal and social aspects of utilizing donor sperm, both of which have become significantly more complex in recent years.