Intrauterine insemination involves preparing semen in a laboratory to select only the highest quality sperm for insemination. The treated semen is then introduced into the womb just before ovulation and can be used with either natural ovulation or in conjunction with medication or injectables such as follicle-stimulating hormone to induce ovulation.
How is intrauterine insemination performed?
Once the man has provided a sperm sample, it is then filtered (or ‘washed’) to ensure that only high quality, motile sperm are used for the procedure. This process means that it’s a good treatment for couples where the male may suffer from a low sperm count or poor sperm mobility.
If the man is unable to produce sperm, or the treatment is for a single woman or same sex couple, donor sperm is also suitable.
During the procedure, the treated semen is passed directly into the woman’s womb using a catheter. The process is largely painless, although some women report experiencing mild cramping similar to period pain. The process generally takes 10 minutes and does not require and sedation.
Success rates vary depending on age, reasons for infertility, and overall health.
The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre has an outstanding IUI success rate
Our IUI success rates are outstanding when compared to the national average. We advise that you read through our success rates pages and the HFEA website to get an idea of the different ways the statistics could be produced. Success rates vary according to age, health, and reason for infertility.
Our success rates are due to the expert care delivered by the team, ongoing monitoring and experienced healthcare professionals in fertility.