Is IUI Treatment Painful

Author : Manisha Singh | Published On : 14 Oct 2021

IUI (Intrauterine insemination) is a type of artificial insemination in which there is planned insertion of sperm into a female's cervix or uterine cavity for the aim of achieving a pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilisation. The difference between a normal conception and IUI is substantial. In normal fertilisation, sperm goes from the vaginal canal to the uterus via the cervix.

In the case of IUI, things are a little different. Because the sperm is immediately put into the uterus after being cleaned and concentrated, the sperm are considerably closer when using this method.

Couples who are having difficulty conceiving may benefit from this IUI procedure. In comparison to other more expensive and complex procedures, IUI is a safe, painless, and less expensive treatment that can improve fertility. Many couples choose IUI before pursuing IVF. 


What a woman could experience during or after the procedure:

  • A woman may feel mild pinching sensations and cramping

  • Discomfort may occur while the catheter is being inserted through the cervix and it usually subsides after the catheter is withdrawn

  • Cramping shouldn't be excessive, but each woman's body is unique. If the sensation gets unpleasant, patients should contact their fertility experts at once

Are there any pains associated with the procedure?

Before the IUI treatment, it is strongly suggested that you get guidance from fertility experts about the procedure. IUI procedure is often a painless process but patients, on the other hand, may have differing experiences, with some having painful encounters and others experiencing a pain-free procedure.

  1. Cramps and Light Bleeding

When the sperm is injected into the uterus, women who are having the procedure for the first time may experience discomfort when the speculum passes through the cervix. This process usually is not painful for most women. However, some patients may have some pain afterwards.

  1. Flashes and Pinching pain

When the speculum is put in your vagina, you may feel some pinching pain which generally goes away quickly after the speculum is removed. During the procedure, fertility experts believe that there is a certain level of discomfort. They do think, however, that the therapy process is pain-free.

Following IUI, What Should You Expect?

Patients may suffer mild bleeding or spotting after IUI. If bleeding does occur, it should not be painful and should continue no more than a day or two.