Fertility Services

Intrauterine Insemination can assist women and couples achieve a baby without the need for IVF.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

IUI, also known as Artificial Insemination (AI), is a fertility treatment that involves depositing sperm at the top of the uterus with a small catheter around the time of ovulation. Sperm is “prepared” in the laboratory for treatment by separating it from the seminal fluid that accompanies the sperm at the time of ejaculation. The sperm is concentrated so that more sperm of better quality result in the final sample and are released close to the fallopian tubes where the ovulated egg will be. The procedure is relatively simple and is performed by a No 1 Fertility Specialist. Mild cramping may occur during and after the treatment. Please do not take any medications that are classified as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as nurofen or ibuprofen as they may effect treatment. Panadol is perfectly fine.

Who is Suitable for Insemination?

  • Patients who have difficulty having intercourse, unexplained infertility, minor sperm abnormalities, or during an ovulation induction cycle.
  • Sperm needs to be assessed to determine if it is appropriate for IUI as if the sperm sample is very low in concentration may not be suitable.
  • It can be done with frozen sperm when men have frozen their sperm for various reasons such as travel or prior to cancer therapy.
  • In women wanting donor sperm
  • It is not normally recommended in women with advanced maternal age (over 37 years of age)