You can only have IUI treatment if you or your partner have healthy Fallopian tubes. Once we’ve carefully assessed your fertility and taken you through all the necessary tests, we might recommend IUI as part of your treatment plan if:
We time IUI treatment to coincide with ovulation, using blood or urine tests and ultrasound to carefully monitor the ovulation cycle. If needed, we might also trigger ovulation with medication and then time the procedure to take place 36 hours later.
Before IUI treatment begins we’ll prepare a high-quality semen sample in the lab – (the sperm are specially washed), whether this is yours or a donor’s, separating fast-moving sperm from the less active. Then, using a catheter and speculum, we pass the sperm sample into the cervix in a short and simple procedure; you or your partner shouldn’t experience any more discomfort than you would at a smear test.
The chance of multiple births is increased if you take fertility medication when having IUI.
IUI is a good option for single women and same sex couples who don’t have fertility issues but who need donor sperm
IUI is the lowest cost form of assisted reproduction treatment
There is no egg collection involved in IUI meaning that there is no invasive procedure and sedation is not required
Whilst IUI is a less invasive and less expensive option than IVF, pregnancy rates from IUI are lower than IVF. Reasons include the fact that there is no monitoring of embryo development or selection of the most viable embryo as we can do with IVF.
The success of IUI depends on two main factors: