IUI (also known as Intrauterine Insemination), can be an option of fertility treatment for many people who struggle to conceive on their own.

What is IUI

Following thorough investigations and discussion with the couple, the team at Fertility Solutions may suggest this affordable and relatively simple procedure option for couples with fertility problems, as well as for single women and same sex couples who need donor sperm to conceive.

Before IUI
  • To ensure we time the procedure perfectly, the female patient will either use an ovulation predictor kit at home, or come to the clinic to have blood tests and ultrasound scans to monitor her hormone levels and ovaries. To prompt ovulation and allow for optimal timing, some women will take fertility medications in combination with intrauterine insemination.
On the day
  • During an intrauterine insemination cycle, our laboratory prepares a sample of the male partner’s or the donor’s sperm. Sperm will be inserted through a thin catheter passed through the cervix directly into the women’s uterus around the time of ovulation.

Traditionally, the response to a couple facing fertility problems has been to focus on the woman with little evaluation of the male partner.

Often, assessing the couple as a whole and working to correct this will result in drastic improvements in overall fertility and therefore likelihood of a successful pregnancy.


When to choose IUI

To ensure that IUI is the best option for you we would perform a fertility test prior to any treatment. The female partner will undergo a test to confirm that her fallopian tubes are open and unblocked, which will allow the eggs and sperm to come together. We will also use blood tests and an ultrasound of the ovaries and uterus to understand an estimate of the woman’s remaining egg supply and detect any structural uterine abnormalities.

The man

The male partner should undergo a semen analysis to ensure a good number of motile, healthy and normally shaped sperm are present.

  • IUI can be a good option for fertility treatment if you suffer from intercourse issues, you're a same sex female couple or wish to enhance your chances of pregnancy through more careful, timed insemination cycles.

IUI is also an option for women with ovulation disorders such as irregular menstrual cycles or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PSOC).

Other names

IUI or intrauterine insemination is sometimes also referred to as artificial insemination. 

What next?

The good news is that there are so many options for you. Just get in touch and we can talk through all of your options in more detail.

We work with both consultant fertility gynaecologist consultant Ms Lynne Chapman and consultant fertility urologist Mr Jonathan Ramsay. Both are globally renowned and currently leading the field in men and women’s fertility.



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