IUI Intrauterine insemination

The aim of this treatment is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tube and fertilize the egg. A doctor may recommend IUI in cases where donor sperm is required.

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  • Introduction

    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the process whereby a concentrated specimen of sperm is placed in the uterus.

  • Medications for Intrauterine Insemination

    Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) is a medication commonly used for the treatment of women with ovulation disorders as reflected by infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles. Clomid is a pill taken orally for 5 days, and facilitates the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH and LH, in turn, stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs and the ovarian hormones estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4). Sometimes, in addition to Clomid, an injection of hCG (Ovitrelle) is also recommended prior. Monitoring of egg development is usually done with blood hormone tests and ultrasound scans of the ovaries to determine when the egg is mature.

  • Sperm washing

    Our specialized team of embryologists prepare each sperm sample with a procedure commonly known as "sperm washing" in our andrology laboratory. Sperm washing involves placing the sperm sample in a test tube and then a centrifuge, which results in the sperm collecting in a "pellet" at the bottom of the test tube. The final sample consists of the most active sperm concentrated in a small volume of media.

  • Timing the insemination

    Our doctors generally perform IUIs 1.5 days after the trigger injection which sets ovulation in motion. Following the IUI, a patient will take daily supplemental progesterone, to support the endometrial lining of the uterus and implantation of the embryo.

  • The pregnancy test

    Two weeks after insemination, in the privacy of their own home, a patient will perform a pregnancy test and advise the outcome so Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic can plan the next steps.


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