Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is the least invasive form of fertility treatment and is perfect for women who have good egg reserve and open fallopian tubes. It is particularly appropriate for single women and same sex couples.
IUI can be carried out within a woman’s natural menstrual cycle and, unlike conventional IVF, without the need for harsh medication or invasive procedures. It is safe and affordable making it an excellent option for many women.
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What is IUI?
IUI involves directly inserting specially washed sperm into a woman’s womb at the most fertile point in her menstrual cycle. Doctors use hormone blood tests and monitoring scans to keep track of the cycle and pinpoint the time at which ovulation occurs, then they introduce the sperm into the uterus in a simple non-invasive theatre procedure.
The IUI treatment can occur during the natural cycle or, if required, a woman’s ovulation can be stimulated with an injection of human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) to induce the release of eggs.
There is no egg collection involved in IUI, and the procedure is usually easy and pain free.
The IUI journey
Initial consultation & scan
The first step is for you to come in for an Fertility Consultation & scan where a Consultant will assess you and devise a personalised treatment plan which will give you the best chance of success. You will also be offered counselling support.
2 weeks before the start of your period you will come in to meet with a fertility nurse who will talk you through your treatment plan and go through the consent forms with you.
Scans & blood tests
You will have 2 or 3 monitoring scans to monitor the growth of your follicles and track ovulation.
Once the time is right to perform the IUI, the sperm sample will be washed and prepared before the procedure.
Just as you have ovulated, the sperm will be introduced into the uterus through a thin catheter.
We will invite you back to the clinic for a pregnancy blood test and give you the test results by the end of the day.
What are the advantages of IUI?
Who is IUI suitable for?
IUI is ideal for women who have a good ovarian reserve and open fallopian tubes. Hence, it is often most used by same-sex couples and single women, who need only donor sperm to conceive.
It is important to note that IUI does not have high success rates compared to IVF, so it may not be the best option for many patients. Your individual situation will need to be assessed so that we can ascertain whether IUI is a good option for you.