Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of assisted conception treatment. It is performed by threading a very thin flexible catheter through the cervix and injecting washed sperm directly into the uterus. This procedure is sometimes combined with fertility drugs to increase the chances of conceiving.

When is IUI administered?

IUI is usually straightforward and painless treatment. However, it is recommended in the following situations:

Unable to make physical relations: You and your partner find it very difficult or are unable to have sex because of disability, injury, or a psychosexual problem.

Sexually transmitted viral infection: If your partner has a sexually transmitted viral infection and needs sperm washing to protect you and your child from the disease.

Fertility problems: Some fertility problems, such as mild endometriosis, a mildly low sperm count or sperm quality can be treated with IUI.

How does IUI work?

For IUI to work, your fallopian tubes must be open and healthy.

The following three steps are carried out in the IUI treatment:

You may begin taking fertility drugs and your ovulation cycle will be monitored.

Your partner will provide a sperm sample that will be specially washed and prepared for the insemination.

Your doctor will inject the prepared sperm into your uterus.

What is the success rate for IUI?

One of the biggest advantages of IUI is that it is less stressful for a couple compared with more invasive and costly treatments.

Basically, the odds of success are reported to be just under 6% and as high as 26% per cycle. The low statistics are with one follicle, while multiple follicles resulted in as high 26% success. Another influencing factor is sperm count. Higher sperm counts increase the odds of success; however, there was little difference between success with good-average counts and those with high counts. The overall success rate seems to be between 15-20% per cycle.

What are the risks associated with IUI treatment?

Despite it being a straightforward and relatively inexpensive procedure, IUI is not for everyone.

Cramps & uneasiness: Although less invasive than IVF, it may cause discomfort such as cramping, minor injury to the cervix that leads to bleeding or spotting, or introduction of infection.

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: With stimulated cycles, there is a very small risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This serious condition happens when your ovaries respond too well to the fertility drugs.

Surya Fertility Centre ranked 4th among the top fertility centres in Hyderabad, offers world-class IUI treatment to couples seeking fertility treatments.

IUI success rate at Surya Fertility Centre is consistently 15-20%.