What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a less invasive form of assisted conception. The treatment can only be performed if the female partner has patent (open and healthy) fallopian tubes, and the male partner has sperm in his ejaculate. The sperm sample is prepared and then inserted into the uterus through a small catheter (a soft, flexible tube).
IUI in a Natural Cycle
If the female partner ovulates, the IUI can be performed in a natural cycle. The female partner would monitor her cycle and on the day she detects her LH surge she would contact the centre and the procedure would be arranged for the following day. The male partner needs to give a sperm sample on the day of the IUI, which is prepared by our embryologists and then the IUI would be completed that day.
IUI in a Stimulated Cycle
This treatment is recommended for couples where the female partner needs to boost egg production. The treatment involves injections from day 2 of the female’s menstrual cycle and monitoring by ultrasound scans. The preparation of the sperm and insemination is the same as in IUI in a Natural Cycle.
Who is it suitable for?
If you have difficulty having sexual intercourse, would prefer a less invasive form of assisted conception treatment, or require treatment with donor sperm then IUI may be suitable for you. Please contact us to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants as all of our treatments are recommended on an individual basis dependent on your clinical history and circumstances.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) involves the insemination of sperm into a female’s uterus
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