Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility procedure in which highly concentrated and specially prepared sperm is introduced directly into a woman’s uterus during her peak fertility window. The objective is to optimize the likelihood of sperm reaching and fertilizing the egg.

Who Is Suitable For IUI?

IUI offers a logical next step for individuals and couples whose infertility persists despite conventional first-line treatments.

What's the Difference Between IVF & IUI?

The key contrast lies in the site of fertilization. In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves
fertilization outside the body, typically in a laboratory dish, whereas intrauterine
insemination (IUI) facilitates fertilization within the woman’s reproductive system.
The decision between IVF and IUI is often dictated by the precise fertility diagnosis, with
the recommended treatment personalized to the unique circumstances of the individual
or couple.

What Does IUI Involve?

It’s important to note that the specific steps and protocols may vary based on individual circumstances and the recommendations of the fertility specialist.

Step 1 - Ovarian Monitoring

The process typically begins with monitoring the woman’s menstrual cycle. Ovulation is tracked through methods such as ultrasound scans to observe follicle development and blood tests to measure hormone levels.

In some cases, fertility medications may be prescribed to stimulate the ovaries and increase the chances of multiple egg development.

The male partner or a sperm donor provides a semen sample. The sperm is then processed in the laboratory to isolate motile and healthy sperm.

The processed sperm is introduced directly into the uterus through a thin catheter. This is a relatively simple and painless procedure, resembling a Pap smear, and is performed in a doctor’s office.

Following the insemination, the woman may rest for a short period before resuming normal activities. There is no need for hospitalization, and most women can resume their daily routines immediately.

Approximately 10-14 days after embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is conducted to determine the success of the procedure. Regardless of the outcome, First IVF remains steadfast in providing emotional support, guidance, and further consultations to address any concerns or plan for the next steps.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for IUI?

You can contact us by phone, email or through our appointment form below. We also accept GP referrals.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


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