IUI is a treatment option when a partner has sperm quality issues, or in same sex female couples or single women who need help conceiving. In IUI treatment, a doctor selects the highest quality sperm from a semen sample and injects it into a woman’s womb for a better chance of a successful pregnancy.3
In most cases, the person who will carry the pregnancy takes fertility medication to boost egg production. It’s also possible to go through IUI during a normal menstrual cycle.4 Throughout the course of a few weeks, the person carrying the pregnancy will go to a clinic for a series of monitoring appointments. A fertility doctor will keep an eye on follicle growth, which determines how many eggs can develop and release.
When the time is right, the carrying partner will be given a hormonal injection to help the eggs mature and ovulate (or, if it’s during the normal menstrual cycle, a doctor will do tests to determine when the carrying partner will ovulate).
On that same day, sperm from either a male partner or donor will be washed and prepared to choose the best quality sperm. Then, a doctor will inject the best sperm into the female partner’s uterus, which can sound scary but isn’t typically very painful.
Then, it’s time to wait. In a few weeks, a female partner will find out whether or not the procedure has resulted in a pregnancy. If not, she can try again — even right away, if she wants to.
There are many factors to consider, including diagnosis, if any; the female partner’s age; the male partner’s sperm count; and whether fertility medications are used. It can take several rounds of IUI to achieve a successful pregnancy. Generally speaking, IUI success rates are 1/3 of IVF’s success rates.5
If you’re paying privately, IUI treatment costs between £900 and £2,500. It’s less expensive than standard IVF because you don’t need to pay for everything that goes into the egg collection process.
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