What is IUI?
In the laboratory, fast moving sperm is separated from sluggish or non-moving sperm and then are placed into the woman’s uterus close to the time of ovulation.
• There are ovulation problems
• There is unexplained infertility
• A woman without male partner trying for a baby using donor sperm
• The male partner experiences impotence or premature ejaculation
• It is essential that the fallopian tubes must be open and healthy . This is usually checked through a tubal patency test. This may involve a laparoscopy and dye testing or alternative a hysterosalpingogram or a hysterosalpingo contrast sonography (Hy-CoSy)
• There is no significant problem with sperm numbers or sperm quality
After having a discussion with your clinician a decision will be taken whether an IUI with or without fertility drugs is suitable for you.
Vaginal ultrasound scans are used to monitor the development of your eggs. As soon as an egg is mature , you are given a hormone injection to stimulate its release. The sperm will be inserted into the uterus 36 – 40 hours later. The whole procedure takes a few minutes and is usually painless.