Artifical Insemination (IUI)

A starting point for fertility treatment

Artificial insemination, or Interuterine Insemination (IUI), is often recommended as an initial fertility treatment, before moving on to more IVF and other more sophisticated treatments.

If you or your partner has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, hostile cervical mucus, minor sperm abnormalities or other male disorders, it is sometimes a successful option. It can also be used where semen has been frozen due to a husband's absence or before chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

If your fertility specialist recommends artificial insemination, in most cases it is reasonable to carry out approximately three treatment cycles before moving onto other treatments such as IVF.

What does artificial insemination involve?

The artificial insemination technique we use at Hunter IVF is known as intrauterine insemination (IUI). It involves inserting the male partner’s (or donor’s) prepared semen through the neck of the womb (cervix) and into the uterus, close to the time of ovulation.

This procedure can be performed during a natural cycle or with artificial hormone stimulation (ovulation induction). It is preferable to use ovulation induction for the greatest chance of success.

It’s important to know the exact day of ovulation, so we monitor your menstrual cycle (called ‘cycle tracking’). When follicle development has reached a certain size, we usually give an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is the hormone the embryo produces in pregnancy, and can trigger the process of ovulation.

The prepared sperm is then injected into the cervical mucus, or directly into the uterine cavity.

Insemination with donor sperm

Artificial insemination is used when couples need to use a sperm donor . Donor sperm  may be recommended when the male partner has problems with sperm quality or production, including when the sperm is of very poor quality, or if there is a high risk of passing on a genetic disease. Artificial insemination using a sperm donor is also an option for single women or same sex couples.

The donor may be someone you know, or you could use donated sperm that we provide through the clinic.

Find out more about our donor program

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