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Artificial Insemination (AI) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is usually an out-patient procedure in which sperm is inserted directly into a woman’s cervix or uterus. Often used in conjunction with follicle stimulating drugs, such as Clomid or Pergonal, AI enhances the chance that a viable egg, or eggs, will be released for that month. When sperm is placed into the uterus, it is called an intrauterine insemination, or IUI. The procedure is relatively simple with few side effects and is often performed in a physician’s office or as an outpatient hospital procedure.
The Artificial Insemination process is similar to a Pap smear and some women report minor cramping and a little bleeding afterward. It’s best to just relax and take deep breaths while the catheter is injected.