Although IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment is often the most cost-effective way of achieving a pregnancy, in some circumstances we may suggest a simpler, less invasive method. IUI (intrauterine insemination) may be a useful treatment for women who have irregular cycles (mainly polycystic ovaries) or for couples who need to use donor sperm.
This treatment can use your natural cycle or may involve the gentle stimulation of your ovaries to produce a maximum of 3 follicles (fluid-filled sacs in the ovary which usually contain an egg). Usually both fallopian tubes need to be open for this treatment to be most effective.
Donor sperm may be provided by a known donor or may be purchased from reputable web-sites recommended by our clinic. Donor sperm must be screened for infectious diseases and if purchased from abroad will already have been frozen, quarantined and the donor re-tested after a period of six months.