INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility



3433 NW 56th
Bldg. B, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112


Intrauterine insemination (IUI), a procedure involving placing the sperm via a catheter into the uterus, is the only form of artificial insemination offered by BFI. Intracervical insemination (ICI) is less effective and is therefore not offered. The procedure is performed in the examination room and does not require anesthesia or pain medications. The processed sperm is then placed into the uterine cavity via a thin catheter. The procedure usually takes less than 30 seconds and usually results in minimal discomfort similar to a Pap smear. The patient is asked to rest for 10 minutes. Activity should be only slightly limited for the next 8 hours. The sperm is “washed” by centrifugation and resuspension in special fluid to concentrate the specimen and rid it of seminal fluid. The process of sperm wash takes 45-60 minutes.


IUI is performed primarily for male factor infertility (impairment of sperm count, motility, or morphology). IUI is performed if intercourse cannot be accomplished naturally. IUI is occasionally performed with healthy sperm when ovarian stimulation is the recommended treatment.

Complications and adverse effects

Infection is an extremely rare complication of IUI. Mild cramping and spotting is not unusual in the first 24 hours following the procedure.


Donor Sperm Insemination


Insemination with donor sperm has been used for many years as a mode of reproduction. Frozen-thawed sperm is placed through a thin catheter into the uterine cavity (see “Inseminations”). Most sperm donations are from anonymous donors. These donors are meticulously screened. The sperm samples are frozen and quarantined for at least six months to prevent transmission of viruses or bacteria to the recipient. The use of fresh donated sperm is discouraged. Oklahoma law specifically designates the sperm recipient and her husband as the legal parents. The sperm donor has no rights or responsibilities to a child so born.


If the male partner is unable to produce sperm or if sperm is not available otherwise (e.g. after a vasectomy), donor insemination is indicated. Some practitioners perform donor insemination on single women. Donor sperm may also be used in connection with in-vitro fertilization procedures.

Contraindications, complications, adverse effects

See “inseminations.” The likelihood of transmitting infections from donated sperm to the recipient is extremely low if frozen sperm from a reputable sperm bank is used.

INTEGRIS Fertility Institute is NOT a sperm bank.