Artificial insemination & Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
What is intrauterine insemination (IUI)?
Artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves inserting the male partner’s (or donor’s) prepared sperm sample through cervix (the neck of the uterus) and into the cavity of the uterus, immediately before ovulation.
IUI is often recommended in the setting of short-term unexplained infertility or sexual difficulties as an initial treatment before moving on to more complex fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The woman’s cycle is monitored to determine the day of ovulation – this is often referred to as ‘cycle tracking’. Once the follicle is mature, ovulation is triggered by an injection of synthetic human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The prepared sperm is inserted directly into the uterine cavity using a very thin catheter. This process is similar to a pap smear with regard to discomfort.
Donor sperm is provided by either the Nairobi IVF or the Royal Women’s sperm bank (clinic-recruited), or by a man who agrees to provide sperm for use by a particular woman or couple (recipient-recruited).
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If your fertility specialist recommends artificial insemination, in most cases it is reasonable to complete three to six treatment cycles depending on your particular circumstances before moving onto other treatments such as IVF.
If you haven’t become pregnant and have been trying to conceive for twelve months or more without success (or six months if you are over 36 years old) we recommend a fertility assessment with a Nairobi IVF fertility specialist.