What does a typical IUI cycle look like?
This process outlines a single cycle of IUI following the most commonly used procedure. You may find that you’re given different drugs or that your treatment is slightly different depending on your history and what your clinic thinks is best for you.
Check fallopian tubes: You can only have IUI if your fallopian tubes are open and healthy. Your clinic will check this using keyhole surgery, a vaginal ultrasound or an x-ray.
Fertility drugs: You can either have fertility drugs to boost your egg production or you can have IUI as part of your normal menstrual cycle.
Scans: If you’re taking fertility drugs you should to have ultrasound scans to check how many follicles are developing. If there are too many the cycle will have to be cancelled because of the risk of multiple pregnancy.
Hormone injection: When you are ready for your IUI to be timed you’ll either be given a hormone injection to help the eggs mature and ovulate or you’ll have tests to check when you’re about to ovulate.
Insemination: Sperm are washed and prepared so that the best quality sperm are selected and injected into your uterus. The whole process takes just a few minutes and is relatively pain free.
Pregnancy test: You’ll be given a date to carry out your pregnancy test. You’ll understandably be excited at this stage but try not to do the test early as the result may be misleading.