The male provides a fresh semen sample at an IVFMD clinic, or donor sperm is provided.
Fresh semen is washed and spun in our lab to separate out the swimming sperm from the seminal fluid
At the time of ovulation, the forward swimming sperm are placed into the uterus, beyond the cervix, shortening the distance the sperm have to travel to meet the egg.
To optimize IUI success, both partners need to meet with our fertility specialists for fertility assessments and testing.
How successful is IUI?
Around 50-60% of couples find success with IUI after 5 cycles, which is about a 10-20% success rate per cycle. Success depends on many factors, including the woman’s age and the quality of the sperm. IUI pregnancy rates can only be slightly better than the natural live birth rate offered by Mother Nature which is 10-15%
What are the limitations?
While the relatively low cost of IUI offers a major advantage over IVF, there are limitations of artificial insemination. IUI treatment would not be effective in the following situations:
- Very low sperm concentration and forward movement
- Severe abnormal sperm size or shape
- Tubal abnormality or severe endometriosis or pelvic adhesions
Will I need other treatments combined with IUI?
Every couple is unique, and depending on the results from your fertility assessments, other treatments may be needed to increase your chances of getting pregnant. For some patients, natural IUI is enough to result in pregnancy. For others, IUI may need to be combined with ovulation induction.