Intrauterine insemination

The IUI is the introduction of pretreated sperm from a husband or donor into a woman's uterus. Couples with certain difficulties in conceiving a child sometimes need a minimal intervention in order to get pregnant. The advantages of intrauterine insemination (IUI) are simplicity, proximity to the natural method of fertilization and the use of a minimum of drugs. The procedure can be carried out both in a stimulated menstrual cycle and in natural.



When is intrauterine insemination with the husband's sperm recommended?

• in the treatment of immunological infertility;

• in case of damage to the cervical canal;

• with a moderate deterioration in sperm quality;

• in case of infertility of an unknown cause

 How is IUI performed?

A prerequisite for intrauterine insemination is anatomical patency and functional ability of at least one fallopian tube. IUI is carried out during the periovulation period.

The procedure is very fast. It takes just a few minutes, and the prepared sperm from the husband or donor is introduced into the woman's uterus using a catheter. Doctors allow the patient to spend 20-30 minutes in bed. The procedure does not cause painful sensations, since the cervix opens slightly during ovulation.

When conducting IUI with the husband's sperm, fresh (native) or cryopreserved sperm is used. Sperm processing is carried out with special solutions that significantly improve its quality.

 Intrauterine insemination with donor sperm

The choice of a donor is based on the phenotypic characteristics of the spouses, as well as a phenotype of the sperm donor.

We recommend sperm donation if:

 • there are no spermatozoa in the 

  husband's ejaculate;

• husband has hereditary diseases;

• woman has no sexual partner.

 When performing IUI with donor sperm, only cryopreserved sperm is used.

Sperm donors are anonymous. Except for relative or non-anonymous donors.

 What are the chances of getting pregnant with IUI?

 • 6-10% - in the natural cycle;

• Up to 15% - when stimulating ovulation.

The likelihood of getting pregnant depends on:

 • the age of a woman;

• sperm quality;

• duration of infertility;

• test results;

• condition of the fallopian tubes and other individual factors.

The Victoria Clinic specialists warn patients that in case of 3-4 ineffective IUI attempts, it is necessary to resort to the In Vitro Fertilization procedure.