Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
Intra-uterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which a sperm sample is provided by the male partner, appropriately prepared and concentrated in the lab, and then introduced into the uterus in a simple procedure. It may be beneficial when the male partner has a borderline semen analysis, when intercourse is not possible for physical or logistic reasons or when donor sperm is being used for conception.
Cycles in which IUI is used are monitored, so the time of ovulation can be determined. Sperm stay alive within the female pelvis for approximately 2-3 days, whilst an egg only remains viable for 12-24 hours after ovulation. Therefore we arrange for IUI to take place slightly before we expect ovulation to take place.