Intrauterine Insemination IUI

Intrauterine Insemination IUI
Intrauterine Insemination IUI
Understanding Partner Sperm Intrauterine Insemination

IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination, it is also commonly called Artificial Insemination (AI). This treatment works by preparing the sperm sample and introducing it into the uterus. The ways IUI works is by increasing the number of spermatozoa that reach the egg (by delivering it closer) and by increasing the number of eggs ovulated.

When is IUI recommended?

  • Patients with abnormal ovulation
  • Patients with mild male factor
  • Patients with unexplained infertility
  • Patients with open fallopian tubes
How does IUI happen?

1- First we need to assess your fallopian tubes through a test called HyFoSy (Hysterosalpingo-foam sonography) or HSG (hysterosalpingography) and make sure your partner’s sperm is suitable for this treatment (Semen analysis).

2- Ovarian stimulation: In this phase you will be receiving certain drugs to stimulate the growth of one or more follicles with their egg. This phase will usually last 10-14 days

3- Trigger of ovulation: this phase will finish the maturation process of the egg and will trigger it’s liberation from the follicle for fertilisation (this is taken 12-36 hours before insemination).

4- Insemination: this is a very straightforward procedure that lasts about 20 minutes. During this time a very thin catheter is used to insert and deliver the sperm sample inside the uterus.

5- Pregnancy test: Two weeks after the insemination you will do a pregnancy test. If it is negative you would be able to try a second or third attempt or have a consultation with your treating consultant to reassess your case.

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Steps to Pregnancy


At your first consultation you will meet one of our doctors who will describe in detail the IUI procedure, what to expect throughout the process, success rates for your own particular case and the expected outcome.


During your consultation your Doctor may suggest some additional diagnostic tests for you. After your consultation you will be contacted by a member of our team who can schedule these tests for you and answer any questions you may have.

Nurse Consultation

Before treatment starts you will meet with one of our nurses who will explain all stages of IUI treatment to you. They will also show you how to use your prescribed medication. These medications will:
• Stimulate follicular growth
• Control and induce ovulation.
• Build up the lining of the womb to receive the embryo.
• Maintain the lining of the womb to support a successfully implanted embryo

Follicle Tracking

Using ultrasound scans, starting after day 7 of your cycle will track follicle growth and help us determine when to perform the IUI. When a dominant follicle is visible at 15mm-24mm, medication will be administered to trigger rupture of the follicle(s) and release the egg(s).

The IUI Procedure

In conjunction with the stimulated and controlled ovulation using fertility drugs, prepared sperm are inserted directly through the vagina and cervix into the uterus, using a thin plastic tube called a catheter. This improves the chances of sperm reaching and fertilising an egg in the fallopian tube, by-passing barriers such as hostile cervical mucus.

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