Intrauterine Insemination – IUI

What is IUI/Artificial insemination?

Artificial insemination (known technically as intrauterine insemination (IUI)) is the process by which sperm is carefully placed in a woman’s uterus through an artificial method. For many couples, it’s an easier and more affordable alternative to IVF.

The IUI process uses a very thin flexible catheter that is inserted through the cervix. Washed sperm is then injected through this into the uterus.

Because the IUI process is timed around ovulation, the cervix is already slightly open. This means the catheter is usually not uncomfortable. Most women liken the process to having a pap smear, and consider it to be fairly painless. While there can be some cramping afterward, often what is felt is ovulation related rather than from the IUI.

Is IUI/Artificial insemination suitable for me?

If you haven’t conceived with intercourse, IUI may be appropriate. IUI is generally an option in cases where the sperm count is good, and where the woman is aged less than 37 years. Dr Davidson can review your medical history, and perform fertility testing and assessment to give you the most accurate information about your fertility. Based on your results, Dr Davidson can outline and guide you through the treatments and procedures best suited to you and your personal situation.

"If you haven’t had success with intercourse, it’s recommended that you try IUI if appropriate. IUI is generally an option in cases where the sperm count is good, and where the woman is aged less than 37 years."

Dr. Andrew Davidson

What is the timing for IUI/Artificial insemination?

So that the sperm is ready waiting for the egg, an IUI treatment is timed to be done within 24 hours either side of ovulation.

If you don’t need the use of fertility drugs, Dr Davidson will time your IUI on the LH surge of your cycle. This would mean you might have a single IUI at 36 hours, or possibly 24 hours of this occurring.

When timing is based on an injection that involves a hormone (known as a trigger), the IUIs are usually done between 24 and 48 hours later.

We understand that this information can be confusing and we are on hand to clarify any questions you have and help you understand your unique treatment plan.

Success rates for IUI/Artificial insemination

Always dependent on the age of the woman, intrauterine insemination success rates are reported to be 6 to 8%%, but can be as high as 12% per cycle. The reason for such a wide range of statistics is that the lower statistics are from those cycles with one follicle, while the higher number may refer to cycles when there were multiple follicles.

Prior to undergoing any treatment, Dr Davidson will review your medical history, and perform fertility testing and assessment to give you the most accurate information about your fertility and your chances of a successful outcome.

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