Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure that promises to bring the sperm and the egg closer together than would typically be possible in natural circumstances. It is a process in which concentrated motile sperm collected from the male partner are injected directly into the female partner’s uterus. By timing the procedure to coincide with ovulation, IUI attempts to bring the sperm and the egg in close proximity of each other, potentially resulting in a union. IUI is a favorable treatment, especially in cases where the male partner has been diagnosed with low sperm reserves, or the female partner suffers from endometriosis or ovulatory dysfunction.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) presents a shorter journey between the sperm and the egg, automatically eliminating any obstructions on the way.
IUI is a fitting solution for men with low sperm reserves or low sperm motility. On Cloudnine, our fertility specialists handpick only the best sperm, carefully releasing them into the uterus during the fertile window. After arriving inside the uterus, the sperm wait by the fallopian tubes, in anticipation of the egg.
Women with hormonal conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome often struggle with ovulation. For women whose ovulatory cycles tend to vacillate, IUI is a recommended treatment method. IUI charts the journey of an egg through continual monitoring, perfectly timing the insertion of the sperm with the readiness of the egg.
IUI is an effective treatment for many couples, provided certain prerequisites are fulfilled. For instance, the treatment is not normally advisable for women with blocked fallopian tubes, as the injected sperm may never have access to the egg in such cases. Additionally, IUI may not prove fruitful for older women, women with poor egg reserves and those with severe cases of endometriosis. In complex cases like these, in vitro fertilisation may be favoured over IUI.
On Cloudnine, intrauterine insemination is a simple, swift and painless procedure that holds a candle to a pap smear, in terms of experience.
Although IUI can be timed with a woman’s natural ovulatory cycle, ovulation is usually induced through medication when the natural ovulatory graph is askew.
On the run up to ovulation, a semen sample is procured from the male partner. To optimise the quality of the semen, sexual abstinence of about five days, preceding the sample collection, is recommended.
After we have collected the semen sample, our fertility crew expertly cures the semen in a laboratory. This involves separating the sperm from other components of the seminal fluid to augment its composition and density.
As an ovarian follicle nears maturity, the stage is almost set for the IUI procedure. IUI is usually performed on the day of ovulation after the vagina is lightly cleansed with the aid of a beak-shaped device known as a speculum.
The final step in the series of procedures leading up to IUI, is the insemination itself. Here, a processed sample containing only superior quality, motile sperm is inserted into the uterine cavity, through a fine, lightweight tube, called a catheter.
The risks associated with intrauterine insemination (IUI) are generally byproducts of the ovulation inducing medications prescribed in preparation of the insemination, rather than the IUI process itself.
The fertility medications that are often administered during an IUI cycle sometimes stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg. This could consequently lead to multiple births if both eggs are fertilised and implanted.
IUI could also potentially lead to hot flashes, mood swings, headaches and nausea. However, these symptoms are almost always mild, receding soon after a course of medication is withdrawn. If performed inadequately, IUI could herald serious complications, such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and ovarian cysts. On Cloudnine, we personalise every IUI procedure in keeping with a guest’s medical record. We assess every minute medical detail before prescribing even a simple treatment.