What Is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the many fertility processes that we offer our patients.

IUI aims to make achieving pregnancy easier by cutting out the need for sperm to enter through the cervix. This greatly improves the chances of it successfully reaching the egg.

Who can IUI help?

The IUI procedure is suitable for almost everyone.

We can usually help anyone suffering from sex-related problems, achieve their goal by using IUI as a method of fertility treatment. This is because problems such as premature ejaculation or difficult intercourse are simply a matter of the sperm being unable to reach the egg – something which is easily overcome by intrauterine insemination.

Women in same-sex relationships, or single women who are trying to conceive can also use IUI paired with donor sperm to conceive.

Women with mild endometriosis may benefit from our help with IUI. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus grows in places other than where it is meant to. IUI can help people suffering with this to conceive, as it will give the sperm cells a small boost and help it to reach the egg.

The IUI procedure is usually extremely quick and painless. Therefore, there is not often a need for any form of aftercare. Women who undergo the IUI process are often able to leave the clinic right away and continue with their day, although we do always recommend some rest and relaxation.

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IUI success rates

As with any fertility treatment, the success rates will depend on the individual, however our results have a history of being incredibly positive.

There are many different factors which can affect the success of this treatment. One of these factors is age. This plays a small part in any fertility treatment, as a younger woman is naturally more fertile and therefore may need less of a push to help achieve pregnancy.

As well as this, the initial cause of infertility may affect the success of an IUI conception but in this situation, we can pair the treatment with another, to increase chances of success.

The successful birth rate for IUI using fertility drugs
average per cycle 18-20%
after cycles 30%
The cumulative birth rate for donor insemination
after six cycles of treatment 60-65%

The IUI treatment process

Diagnostic tests

Prior to the treatment, diagnostic tests must be undertaken to ensure the IUI procedure is right for you.

The women’s fallopian tubes will be checked to ensure they are open and clear as the sperm will still need to be able to swim through these to reach the egg. The quality of the sperm will also be checked, to ensure that if it reaches the egg, it can fertilise it.

In some cases, the woman may also be required to take some blood tests, just to check her hormone levels.

Fertility support

In order to prepare for the treatment, the patient will often receive a small dose of fertility drugs during the initial part of her menstrual cycle. This is done to recruit between one and three follicles that are larger than 17mm.

Follicles are small sacs filled with fluid which reside in your ovaries, and each contain an egg which has not yet matured. As the eggs inside them grow, the follicle grows with them until it reaches its prime size, at which point it releases the egg and ovulation occurs.

Tracking success

The growth of these follicles will be tracked by numerous ultrasound scans, and at a suitable time the woman will have another injection which will prompt the egg to ripen and be released. Around 24-36 hours after this has taken place, the intrauterine insemination can be carried out.

Laboratory preparation

On the day that the treatment is due to take place, the semen sample is produced a couple of hours before the insemination. This is to ensure that there is time for the embryologist to prepare it before the procedure. Once the semen sample has been prepared in the laboratory, a catheter is used to pass sperm directly into the uterus, to swim through the fallopian tubes to meet the ovulating egg.

Cost of IUI

IUI Treatment £950

The price of IUI on its own is £950. This includes monitoring scans, sperm preparation and insemination. This fee, however, doesn’t include pre-treatment consultations and scans, screening bloods, purchase and/or courier charges of sperm or any medications that you may require.

There are a few additional costs that can be added on to your fee, depending on your requirements.

These additional costs are listed below:

HFEA fee (when using donor sperm) £37.50
Freezing and 1-year storage of sperm £750
Each additional sperm sample within 1 year £300
Each additional year of storage £300
Admin fee for importation of donor sperm £200
Sedation for insemination £300

If you feel as though you could benefit from IUI treatment and would like more information on what steps to take, then you can contact our team of IUI fertility specialists. Our experts are happy to advise you on the best moves to start your fertility journey.

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