Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

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Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – with your own partner or using a donor

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment method that involves a procedure in which sperm is placed into woman’s uterine cavity  at the time of ovulation.

Who is IUI recommended for?

• If natural conceivement hasn’t been successful within 1 year

• In case of mild male infertility or unclear infertility

• For women who do not have fallopian tubes blocked

• For women who want to use donor sperm

How does IUI work?

• Firstly, please come to our gynaecologist’s consultation, where the necessary examinations (ultrasound examination, assesment of tubal patency, if needed) and analysis will be performed. Men should also have sperm analysis done.

• IUI can be performed either on the basis of the natural menstrual cycle or by stimulating ovaries with hormone medicine.

• On the day of the procedure, the man will give a semen sample at the clinic; sperm are inspected and prepared in a laboratory where the best quality sperm are separated from other semen components

• The doctor uses a thin catheter to insert sperm into a woman’s uterus


The success of IUI depends on the woman’s age, the type of ovulation stimulation, the quality of the sperm, the cause of the infertility and its duration.

• On average, 15% of women become pregnant with IUI. The procedure may be repeated for several consecutive months and thus the cumulative probability of pregnancy may be higher.


Register for a consultation with our gynaecologist to find more information regarding your current health status and possibilities for treatment.