What Is Intrauterine Insemination?

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 near each other, resulting in a potential union. IUI is a favourable 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.

Why Choose Intrauterine Insemination?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) presents a shorter journey between the sperm and the egg, automatically eliminating any obstructions on the way.

Is Intrauterine Insemination Right for Me?

Intrauterine insemination (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 reach the egg in such cases. Additionally, IUI may not prove fruitful for older women and women with poor egg reserves or severe endometriosis. In complex cases like these, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may be favoured over IUI.

What Are the Steps of Intrauterine Insemination?

On Cloudnine, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple, swift and painless procedure, experientially likened to a pap smear.

  • 1 Ovulation Stimulation

    Although IUI can be timed with a woman's natural ovulatory cycle, ovulation is usually induced through medication when the natural ovulatory pattern is askew.

  • 2Semen Procurement

    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 two to four days, preceding the sample collection, is recommended.

  • 3Sperm Procurement

    After we have collected the semen sample, our fertility crew expertly processes the semen in a laboratory. This routine involves separating the sperm from other components of the seminal fluid to augment its composition and density.

  • 4Cervical Cleansing

    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.

  • 5Insemination

    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.

What Are the Risks of Intrauterine Insemination?

The risks associated with intrauterine insemination (IUI) are minimal. The few risks that do exist stem from the ovulation-inducing medications prescribed before the routine, rather than the IUI process itself.

Multiple Births

The fertility medications administered during an IUI cycle sometimes stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg. If both eggs are fertilised, it could be a case of multiple births.

Other Symptoms

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.

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Intrauterine Insemination

At Clouldnine, we exclusively perform intrauterine insemination (IUI) because this process of injecting concentrated sperm directly into the uterus has a higher pregnancy success rate than other methods of Artificial insemination. When you choose Cloudnine you can be sure that we will check the cause of infertility before we start any treatment, may also propose other more suitable alternatives that may help you become pregnant.

IUI Success Rate

Our Cloudnine fertility centre team has achieved incredible pregnancy success rates using intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment technique. Our fertility specialists have helped thousands of couples realize their dreams of becoming parents through our advance IUI treatments.