Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is for clients where the man’s sperm and the woman’s fallopian tubes are normal but they are still failing to conceive naturally. The treatment may or may not involve the stimulation of the woman’s ovaries with ovarian stimulation medication and the follicular growth monitored with blood tests and an ultrasound scan. This allows the ovulation to be either predicted or induced. This treatment is often a second line of fertility treatment before options such as IVF are considered.
Essentially it is a procedure whereby washed sperm prepared by the embryologist team is placed directly into the uterus using a fine, flexible tude (catheter) attached to a syringe.
At Repromed we carefully consider whether IUI is the appropriate treatment, based on a personalised fertility treatment plan. For people that meet the criteria (normal sperm count being one of them), IUI triples the chance of conception for these couples, bringing it to what would be expected for the natural population. It is a good starting point for those who have been recommended for fertility treatment as it’s more affordable and less invasive than IVF, involving 5 days of oral medicine and blood tests.
The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete and is usually painless; however some women may experience temporary, menstrual-like cramping.
Insemination is performed at time of ovulation; we are able to determine this by monitoring your menstrual cycle with regular blood test and ultrasound scans. IUI can be performed with or without drugs.