Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) simply means putting prepared sperm into the uterus. It has been more commonly known as artificial insemination.
IUI is a simple form of fertility treatment that helps a higher number of better quality sperm reach the womb, which will increase the chances of fertilisation.
You are a good candidate for IUI treatment if:
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.
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 many factors, including:
Many people seeking fertility treatment may wonder, what’s the difference between IUI and IVF ? In IUI, sperm are inserted into the uterus to fertilise an egg, whereas IVF involves collecting eggs and fertilising them in a lab, before transferring a cultured embryo back into the uterus. Patients choosing between IUI and IVF fertility treatments should consider:
Costs vary from clinic to clinic, however on average the cost of IUI with a partner sperm at CARE Fertility costs £980. The cost of IUI with donor sperm costs from £1965 - £2095 when using CARE's sperm bank, or if using imported donor sperm between £1185 - £1560.