Intrauterine insemination (IUI) introduces the healthiest available sperm directly into the womb. We use IUI to aid pregnancy under several different circumstances:
- If the male partner experiences impotence or severe premature ejaculation
- If the female partner has problems with ovulation
- For Unexplained Infertility
- For single women and lesbian couples using donor sperm.
Your initial consultation will determine if you are a suitable candidate for IUI. At least one of your fallopian tubes must be healthy enough, which we can determine using a variety of methods such as laparoscopy and dye test, HyCoSy or HSG (Hysterosalpingogram). If you are using your own partner’s sperm he will need to have a semen analysis. If you will be using donor sperm it will be reassuring to know that all donor sperm has already been carefully analysed, quarantined safely for at least six months, and deemed suitable and healthy.
The IUI programme is monitored using ultrasound scans so that we can time ovulation more accurately. The insemination procedure is usually simple and similar to a smear test. We like to encourage the man to accompany his partner during the procedure. The procedure takes only a few minutes; using a very fine catheter, the prepared sperm is deposited inside the uterus via the cervix.
The success rate for IUI is only 7%-10% per treatment, so you may have to be prepared for a number of IUI procedures unless you decide at any point to move to other fertility treatment options such as IVF.