Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of fertility treatment that involves directly depositing a partner’s or donor sperm into a womb. Before IUI is carried out, you and your partner’s fertility (if applicable) will be assessed in order to determine whether IUI is suitable for you. For example, we will check the ovarian reserve and Fallopian tubes (the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb) for the women and semen analysis for your partner (if applicable).
To ensure we can always offer our patients the most appropriate treatment, we offer different methods of IUI. Your consultant will discuss your options and the differences between them fully at your consultation.
- Natural cycle
- Medicated cycle (oral or injectable fertility drugs)
On the day of the IUI procedure, the sperm sample will be prepared “washed” to produce a concentrated sample of sperm. A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is then placed inside the vagina and guided into the womb. The sperm sample is passed through the catheter and then deposited into the womb.
IUI is a minimally invasive procedure and causes no more discomfort than a cervical smear test. The procedure usually takes approximately 10 minutes.
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our doctors you can: