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The sperm used during your IUI procedure may come from either your partner or a sperm donor.

Most women prefer to use sperm from their partner. However, your partner must have adequate sperm function. This means that his sperm must have the natural ability to fertilize an egg. This is typically measured in terms of adequate sperm quantity, movement of sperm, and shape of sperm. If your partner's sperm count is just a little low, his sperm may still be used because they will be washed and concentrated in the laboratory. However, in cases of zero or very low sperm count or abnormally functioning sperm, a sperm donor will likely be recommended.

Sperm from a donor is frozen ahead of time and checked for medical problems such as certain genetic disorders and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Ask your doctor which specific tests are performed at your laboratory.

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