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Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

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
IUI treatment with donor sperm is most commonly used for single women and same sex couples.  The Bridge Centre works closely with the London Sperm Bank to provide high quality donor sperm without a wait for our patients. 

In some cases where the male partner produces either no sperm or only a very small number which are incapable of fertilising an egg IUI with donor sperm may be required. 

Counselling is available for those couples who wish to discuss the social, emotional and legal implications of using donated sperm as part of intrauterine insemination.

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Intrauterine insemination information sheet

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