Because fertilization and conception are still expected to take place as normal, the female partner will be tested to ensure that she has:
- A normal ovulation cycle
- Open fallopian tubes
- A normal uterine cavity
Sometimes, woman with ovulatory disorders or those who ovulate irregularly can undergo IUI with the help of fertility drugs. These drugs stimulate the brain to produce hormones that in turn induce the ovary follicles to mature into eggs. Once the eggs mature, IUI can be used to introduce the sperm inside the uterus. The timing of this particular procedure is important, as it is only when the egg and sperm are both present that fertilization will occur.
Woman suffering from endometriosis but who have a healthy pelvic structure may also benefit from IUI. Unfortunately, those with damaged fallopian tubes, poor egg quality, are over the age of 40, or who are menopausal are not candidates for IUI, as the chances of conceiving are too low.