IUI involves the injection of specially washed and prepared sperm from the male partner into the female partner’s uterus. This is usually done during ovulation using a small catheter. In order to maximize the pregnancy rates, ovulation induction is sometimes combined with IUI.

Sperm Donation

Sperm used in IUI could either be obtained from the male partner or from a donor (therapeutic donor insemination). In majority of the cases, commercial sperm banks are the source of donor sperm. Sperm banks keep a record of the personal / physical details of the donor such as ethnic/racial background, physical characteristics, education and medical history, They are also tested for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis, Chlamydia and others.
Ideal candidates for IUI include

  • Couples where in the sperm from the male partner cannot be used as it carries a genetic disorder.
  • Couples wherein the male partner is deficient in sperm.
  • women without partners
  • lesbian couples