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IUI Treatment

IUI Treatment

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

What is IUI?

IUI – otherwise known as Intrauterine Insemination or ‘artificial insemination’ – is a type of fertility treatment that encourages pregnancy by placing prepared, quality sperm close to the egg for fertilisation.

It involves placing partner sperm, or donor sperm, into your uterus around the same time you naturally ovulate. You can take a pregnancy test two weeks later.

IUI is usually performed without the use of fertility medication, with a typical cycle of treatment taking just four weeks.

Dr Anamika Rao - Fertility Consultant

Dr Anamika Rao

Fertility Consultant

Have you been considering IUI? Are you ready to take the next step? Book an appointment with one of our fertility specialists. This is where you can find out more and start your fertility journey.

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When is IUI recommended?

IUI may be advised if: 

  • You have ovulation problems – IUI can be used in conjunction with fertility drugs to boost the number of eggs you produce 
  • You have unexplained infertility. In order for IUI to be successful, there must be enough healthy, motile sperm available and the fallopian tubes must be open and healthy, with no blockages. If not, IVF may be a more suitable course of treatment
  • You are using donor sperm
  • Your partner has previously frozen his sperm

What is the IUI process?

Why choose us for IUI?

IUI is a very common type of fertility treatment and we have many years of expertise and success in IUI treatment, using partner sperm or donor sperm.

Learn more about our approach and meet some of the many families who have had successful IUI treatment with us.

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If you are considering IUI fertility treatment, you're bound to have lots of questions. That's why we offer free one-to-one appointments with our New Patient Team.

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What does IUI cost?

A cycle of IUI with partner sperm at Manchester Fertility costs £1,400*. This includes:

  • Sperm  preparation
  • Electronic witnessing
  • IUI procedure 
  • Pregnancy scan or a follow up consultation HFEA licence fee

If you are using donor sperm, a cycle of donor sperm insemination costs from £2,150*. This includes:

  • Donor sperm
  • Donor matching
  • Preparation of donor sperm
  • Insemination procedure (IUI)
  • Electronic witnessing
  • Pregnancy scan or follow-up consultation
  • HFEA licence fee

Or you can choose to fund your IUI cycle through a package, which gives you fixed-cost peace of mind and up to three insemination cycles. We have packages for IUI treatment with partner and donor sperm but if you’d like to review our prices for treatments take a look.

Explore IUI package options or try out our Cost Calculator for an indicative price. 

* You will be given a full breakdown of your IUI treatment costs at your consultation. 


How long does IUI take?

A typical natural cycle of insemination takes around four weeks, including pinpointing ovulation and pregnancy test.

What if IUI doesn’t work?

Some women do conceive first time through IUI but it is not uncommon to need more than one cycle of insemination to achieve pregnancy. If IUI Is unsuccessful a number of times, your consultant will review your cycle and treatment path, and may advise further tests, to see if there are any changes that can be made to improve your chances of success. It could be that IVF is a better option for you.

Should I have IUI or IVF?

IVF does have higher success rates per cycle, but many patients will start with IUI if they are using donor sperm. Your consultant will advise if you can try IUI to conceive or if you would be better to start with IVF.

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