What is IUI?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is when sperm is prepared and inserted by catheter directly into a woman’s uterus during her ovulation.
This heightens the chance of sperm successfully reaching the fallopian tubes and fertilisation occurring.
The fallopian tubes will have been checked beforehand to ensure they are open and clear, as the sperm will still have to swim through them to meet the egg. IUI patients may also need to have blood tests to check hormone levels.
Who could benefit from IUI fertility treatment?
IUI is suitable for use by patients who require the treatment for various reasons.
Couples who have been trying to have a baby for around two years and have not yet managed a pregnancy may want to consider trying IUI treatment.
Those who have sex-related problems such as premature ejaculation or vaginismus can often be helped by IUI as a method of fertility treatment.
Single women and women in same-sex relationships can also use IUI with donor sperm to conceive.