Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) simply means putting prepared sperm into the uterus.
IUI is a simple form of treatment that helps a higher number of better quality sperm reach the womb, which will increase the chances of fertilisation.
Could IUI treatment be right for me?
You can only have IUI treatment if you or your partner have healthy Fallopian tubes. Once we’ve carefully assessed your fertility and taken you through all the necessary tests, we might recommend IUI as part of your treatment plan if:
We time IUI treatment to coincide with ovulation, using blood or urine tests and ultrasound to carefully monitor the ovulation cycle.
We time IUI treatment to coincide with ovulation, using blood or urine tests and ultrasound to carefully monitor the ovulation cycle. If needed, we might also trigger ovulation with medication and then time the procedure to take place 36 hours later.
Before IUI treatment begins we’ll prepare a high-quality semen sample in the lab – (the sperm are specially washed),
whether this is yours or a donor’s, separating fast-moving sperm from the less active.
Then, using a catheter and speculum, we pass the sperm sample into the cervix in a short and simple procedure; you or your partner shouldn’t experience any more discomfort than you would at a smear test.
Whilst IUI is a less invasive and less expensive option than IVF, pregnancy rates from IUI are lower than IVF. Reasons include the fact that there is no monitoring of embryo development or selection of the most viable embryo as we can do with IVF.
The success of IUI depends on two main factors: