Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is the least invasive form of assisted conception treatment.
IUI is used in male/female couples where there is reduced sperm motility, psychosexual issues or hostile cervical mucus. It is also offered to female/female couples and single women using donor sperm.
Working alongside a woman’s own menstrual cycle, IUI involves regular scanning. This helps to assess the optimal time when sperm can be placed into her uterus in a simple procedure similar to a smear test. Timed insemination of sperm will maximise the chances of a successful fertilisation with the woman’s egg.
What does an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) cycle look like?
This process outlines a single cycle of IUI following the most commonly used procedure. You may find that you’re given different drugs or that your treatment is slightly different depending on your history and what our Doctor thinks is best for you.
Check fallopian tubes: You can only have IUI if your fallopian tubes are open and healthy. We will check this by a vaginal ultrasound.
Fertility drugs: You can either have fertility drugs to boost your egg production or you can have IUI as part of your normal menstrual cycle.
Scans: If you’re taking fertility drugs you should to have ultrasound scans to check how many follicles are developing. If there are too many the cycle will have to be cancelled because of the risk of multiple pregnancy.
Insemination: Sperm are washed and prepared so that the best quality sperm are selected and injected into your uterus. The whole process takes just a few minutes and is relatively pain free.
Pregnancy test: You’ll be given a date to carry out your pregnancy test. You’ll understandably be excited at this stage but try not to do the test early as the result may be misleading.