Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)


Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization. IUI provides the sperm an advantage by giving it a head start, but still requires a sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own. It is a less invasive and less expensive option compared to IVF.

Who Is A Suitable Candidate For IUI?

  • Couples who have unexplained fertility problems i.e. all tests show there is no reason as to why pregnancy has not occurred
  • Females who suffer with Vaginismus and are unable to undergo sexual intercourse. Vaginismus cannot be cured but an IUI procedure can be carried out under anaesthesia to avoid trauma to the patient
  • Patients who have undergone surgery and there has been damage to the cervical mouth, which can then damage or prevent sperm from entering the uterus
  • Patient has cervical mucus issue
  • Men with a slightly lower sperm count: Men who suffer with erectile dysfunction and as a result undergo stress during sexual intercourse
  • Azoospermia (no viable sperm) and the patient is in need of donor sperm to conceive

The chances of pregnancy with IUI is not very high and are between 10-20%. However, couples who are young, whose egg reserve is normal and whose sperm values are sufficient make the better candidates for IUI.