Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
At The British Clinic, access to the latest techniques in infertility management is provided in a friendly atmosphere. Questions and suggestions are always welcomed to improve the care. We pride ourselves on our personal approach to the problem of infertility. Our team is constantly updating knowledge on infertility management to provide the expected successful exit. This is the reason for steady improvement in our success.
Our center collaborates with other centers local, national and international.
Intra-Uterine Insemination (also known as artificial insemination)is the process of preparing and delivering sperm so that a highly concentrated amount of active motile sperms are placed directly through the cervix into the uterus. IUI can be performed with or without fertility drugs for the female partner. Compared to timed intercourse, it is generally accepted that there is a 2-fold higher pregnancy rate with IUI. Thus, for infertility patients, IUI is commonly performed as a low-tech, cost-effective approach to enhancing fertility in patients. Prior to initiating IUI treatment, women must have at least one documented open fallopian tube as demonstrated by hysterosalpingogram (the tubal dye study).
The technique involves separating sperm from seminal fluid. It is not possible to inject semen directly into the uterus because of chemicals in the fluid that can cause extremely painful uterine contractions and sometimes shock can occur!. In this technique, motile sperms are separated from dead sperms and other cells through the use of special media.
Approximately 1 to 2 hours are required to process the sperms. After preparation, the sperms concentrate is placed through the cervix into the uterus by using a thin, flexible catheter. The time required for insemination is only few minutes. The patient may experience mild cramping during the procedure but this symptom should resolve shortly after the procedure is completed. It is advisable to remain on the examination table for at least half an hour after the procedure.
It is required that all women interested in IUI treatment have blood testing of ovarian reserve (i.e. day 3 FSH, LH, estradiol levels and Anti-Mullerian hormone AMH) regardless of the age. Also, as mentioned above, a hysterosalpingogram should be performed to document at least one open fallopian tube.