Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

If you’re struggling to start or grow your family, you might not need to have IVF.  

Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is a short procedure that helps a higher number of better quality sperm to reach the womb than would through intercourse, which can improve your chances of fertilisation.   

Could IUI treatment be right for me?

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:

  • You/your partner have a borderline low sperm count or reduced motility

  • You’re unable to have sex with your partner because of disability, injury or a psychosexual problem

  • You're using donated sperm in your treatment

  • You have unexplained fertility problems.
We time IUI treatment to coincide with ovulation, using blood or urine tests and ultrasound to carefully monitor the ovulation cycle.

What does IUI involve?

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, 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.

If you’re interested in IUI with CARE, speak to your local clinic or contact us