Intrauterine Insemination

Cyprus IVF Clinic

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Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of therapeutic insemination (TI) using the husband's (AIH) or donor (AID) sperm.

Therapeutic insemination has been used as treatment for infertile couples for many years.

More recently, IUI has become an option for many couples prior to considering more complicated and expensive assisted reproductive treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

IUI Treatment Process

IUI — intrauterine insemination — is performed by threading a very thin flexible catheter through the cervix and injecting washed sperm directly into the uterus. The whole process doesn’t take very long — and only requires the insertion of a speculum and then the catheter, a process that maybe takes a couple of minutes (60-90 seconds to introduce the catheter, then sperm injection, and another 60 seconds or so to remove the catheter — going slowly helps reduce discomfort).

Sometimes when the cervix is hard to reach a tenaculum is used to hold the cervix, which makes the process a bit more uncomfortable.

IUI involves bypassing the cervical mucus barrier and depositing a concentrated population of motile spermatozoa, washed free of seminal plasma, directly into the uterus. This is performed as close to the time of ovulation as possible. Many different sperm washing techniques can be used, e.g., Percoll separation, chymotrypsin treatment, buffered wash, ìsoftî wash, etc. The choice of technique will depend on the quality of semen to be processed.