Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to encourage natural fertilisation.
This form of fertility treatment is a less invasive and less expensive option in comparison to in vitro fertilisation.
It is generally suitable for:
An IUI cycle is less invasive than an IVF cycle.
IUI is a more natural form of treatment and success rates are lower – generally around a third of IVF success rates.
According to the HFEA, the success rates per individual cycle vary as follows:
It is important to understand the impact of cumulative success rates – i.e. the chance of having a baby over multiple cycles.
Overall, over half of women having IUI become pregnant over the first six cycles.