Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

IUI is a procedure that involves placing the sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation. It usually only requires the insertion of a speculum and then the cannula. This fertility treatment does not involve the manipulation of a woman’s eggs. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increases the chances of fertilisation.

The success rate of IUI depends on several factors:-

  • Age of the female patient, ovarian function, fallopian tube blockage, pelvic adhesions and other additional causes of infertility.
  • Amount of motile sperm that are inserted into the uterus. Several studies have indicated that if a man has a lower number of progressively motile sperm after sperm wash, the chances for pregnancy is lowered.
  • High number of sperm with abnormal morphology will also lower the chances for pregnancy.
  • The timing of IUI.