Intra-Uterine Insemination is the introduction of prepared sperm into the uterus in order to improve the chances on pregnancy. IUI-H is applied to couples in which the woman has open fallopian tubes and the male partner has normal or mild Oligo semen parameters.
IUI-H involves tracking the progress of the menstrual cycle using ultrasound scans and blood tests. For those women that do not have regular menstrual cycles Ovulation Induction (OI) may be employed to help stimulate the production of a mature follicle. The IUI procedure is performed on the day of ovulation.
Once ovulation has been confirmed the male partner produces a semen sample. This semen sample is then prepared in the laboratory by the Embryologist. The aim of the preparation process is to select a concentration of best sperm for insemination. The prepared sperm is then introduced, through a fine catheter, into the woman’s uterus and is usually a painless procedure and only takes a few minutes.
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The success rate for IUI-H is typically between 10 – 15 % per cycle.