Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a relatively straightforward artificial insemination technique involving the insemination of a prepared sperm sample directly into the uterus at the time of ovulation. The sperm can be provided either by your partner or a sperm donor.
Your partner’s sperm
If your partner's sperm is being used (sometimes referred to as AIH) it may be because he has a low sperm count or poor sperm movement (motility), or there is a problem with the interaction between the sperm and cervical mucus. In these cases, the use of a prepared sperm sample increases the chance of conception.
Donor sperm is used in IUI treatment in cases where the male partner produces either no sperm or only a very small number which are incapable of fertilising an egg.
IUI treatment with donor sperm is also available at the Bridge Centre for single women and female same sex couples. For more information about donor sperm arrangements, click here.
Counselling is also available for those couples who wish to discuss the social, emotional and legal implications of using donated sperm as part of intrauterine insemination.