Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment which aims to increase the chances of fertilization by injecting a sperm directly into a woman’s womb, in order to fertilise the egg.
Depending on whether or not you require fertility treatment, the first half of an IUI process is very similar to IVF or ICSI.
Here are the steps of a typical IUI cycle:
The most important step is to have an initial consultation with a specialist to talk about all possible options and discuss your medical history and your motivations for undergoing the procedure. IUI is often less expensive than IVF or ICSI, and less invasive as well. But, as with any fertility treatment a successful pregnancy is not guaranteed. As the treatment is very personal and emotional, and it is understandable to be stressed out or feel anxious. Try spending as much time as possible with your loved ones, participate in activities that relax you and keep up a healthy routine. Lastly, the pregnancy/success rates vary and are highly influenced by health factors, age and medical history. Do not give up hope if you are not successful with IUI, there are many other treatments possible.