What is IUI?

IUI - Intrauterine Insemination can be a quick, simple way to try to achieve pregnancy

IUI - Intrauterine Insemination works by putting the sperm into the uterus at the time of ovulation, to help you get pregnant.

IUI might be a good option for you if:

  • You have regular ovulation
  • You have no fallopian tube blockages
  • The semen analysis is normal or you are using donor sperm
  • You want a fertility treatment that is quick, cost-effective, and minimally invasive

Should I have IUI?

For IUI to work, fallopian tubes must be clear, there must be enough healthy sperm and a mature egg to fertilise.

Otherwise, IVF may be advised instead. You may also need more than one cycle of IUI to achieve pregnancy.

IUI treatment process

Initial consultation

We first need to ensure that IUI is suitable for you. For this we assess your risk of having tubal problems, discuss whether a fallopian tube test is needed, confirm ovulation and check the male partner’s sperm.

Pinpointing ovulation

IUI is usually performed in a natural cycle, using the egg you ovulate each month. Or we can use fertility drugs if you have irregular ovulation. We will be able to identify when you have an egg ready to fertilise, so IUI is performed at exactly the right time.

IUI procedure

Sperm is washed and prepared and gently inserted into the uterus using a fine catheter. This is a simple and quick procedure. After IUI you do not need to stay in the clinic, although you may wish to rest for a short while. You can take a pregnancy test two weeks later.

Learning Centre

Discover more about IUI in our Learning Centre where you will find regularly updated blogs, FAQs, Guides and our free Ask the Expert tool. 

Learning Centre


What can be done to help improve a low or poor sperm count, or improve poor sperm quality?

There are no effective, simple measures to instantly improve sperm quality. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle is beneficial so men should not smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. It’s a myth that wearing loose underwear can help improve sperm quality or count.

How can I get an appointment with Manchester Fertility?

You do not need a referral for an appointment with us. You can self-refer.

I’m in a same-sex relationship and we would like to have a family. Can you help us?

Yes, we welcome many same-sex couples through our doors for pregnancy help, in fact we have a great reputation for it - whether you need surrogacy, a donor egg or donor insemination. For information about the fertility treatments we offer to help you, visit our donation section

"Thank you so much to everyone at Manchester Fertility who has helped us create our gorgeous family"

Sam and Vinnie, Jul 2018

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