Artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a relatively simple fertility treatment. It involves placement of washed sperm from the partner or donor into the womb.

Since the artificial insemination procedure deposits higher concentrations of good quality sperm close to the egg where it is waiting, we can increase the chances that the egg and sperm will find each other.

Artificial insemination may be done as part of natural monitored menstrual cycle. Another option is the ovulation induction for which we give you fertility drugs. In this case, you’ll follow the individualised treatment plan. We’ll regularly monitor you by ultrasound scans and blood tests.

On the day of artificial insemination, we’ll ask your partner to produce a semen sample. The sample will be washed and prepared for insemination. Some hours later, the IUI procedure follows. This is a minor outpatient procedure, which will require a gynaecological examination similar to a smear test.

We then load the washed sperms into a plastic catheter and gently placed it into your womb. We then will advise you to continue with prescribed fertility medications as outlined in your treatment plan.

In a few weeks time, you’ll take a pregnancy test.

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