Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI (Intra Uterine Injection) is the least invasive fertility treatment option offered at North Cyprus IVF. It is a fertility treatment that uses a catheter to place a number of washed sperm directly into the uterus. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization. IUI is a fertility treatment often selected by couples with any of the following conditions:
-Low sperm count
-Decreased sperm mobility
-Requirement of donor sperm
-A hostile cervical condition, such as cervical mucus that is too thick
Although IUI still requires the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own, it is important to make sure that the sperm is healthy and motile. IUI provides the sperm an advantage by giving it a head start since it is injected directly into the uterus, but it still has to seek out the egg on its own.
The IUI procedure is simple and may be performed even without taking any medication to stimulate the ovaries. However, we encourage women to take hormone supplements to stimulate the ovaries in order to increase egg production because the more eggs there are in the ovaries, the higher the chance of sperm reaching and fertilizing one of them.
During the medication stage, you will be required to have a couple of sonograms in order to track follicle development (a follicle is what contains the egg which will later mature and ovulate). Once the follicles reach a desired level of growth, human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) injection, is administered to stimulate the release of eggs from the follicles after 35 hours. After the eggs have been released, the IUI procedure can be administered.
A semen sample will be processed by the lab in order to separate the sperm from the seminal fluid. A catheter is used to inject the processed sperm directly into the uterus. This process maximizes the number of sperm cells that are placed in the uterus and thus increases the possibility of conception. The next step is to watch for signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
On the plus side, IUI is a non-invasive and a low cost fertility treatment. On the down side, its success rate is considerably lower than IVF treatments where we have the chance to take out the eggs and fertilize them in the lab setting and grow them in an incubator until they are ready for implantation.
With our new MicroSort gender selection technologies, we are able to offer gender selection for family balancing through the IUI method. This offers a less invasive method of selecting the gender of your child.