IUI overview (Intrauterine insemination)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of fertility treatment that places sperm directly in the uterus, allowing them to swim through the fallopian tubes in order to fertilise an egg. It can be performed with a fresh sperm sample, a frozen sample or donor sperm. It can also be performed in a natural menstrual cycle or with hormone medication. The chances of pregnancy from IUI largely depends on a few factors, like your age, any known cause of infertility, medical history and certain lifestyle factors. IUI is a less invasive fertility treatment and specialists often recommend having 3-6 IUI treatment cycles, as it can increase your chances. This pdf guide provides a closer look at the process from your first consultation with a fertility specialist, all the way up to when you take a pregnancy test. As well as an overview of what to expect during treatment, it also provides details on how to cope through the various phases of the process.
You’ll learn about:
- Your consultation
- Hormone stimulation
- Sperm preparation
- IUI procedure
- When to take a pregnancy test
This brief overview is for you if you want to learn more about what to expect when going through IUI, if you’ve been told you’re eligible for IUI or informed by your doctor that IUI is a suitable treatment.
About the author:
Sandy Christiansen is a clinical embryologist with a background in working in IVF clinics, as well as a fertility coach – helping people who struggle with fertility problems and guiding them through any treatments.