IUI can be offered to patients with or without ovarian stimulation. However, the clinical team at PIVET believe that the success rate of this programme is largely dependent on the female receiving some form of hormone stimulation to assist in producing eggs and utilisation of an optimal hormone program in the follicular and luteal phase of the cycle.
Oestrogen levels, together with endometrial thickness, follicular size and sperm delivery are extremely important to the success of the IUI programme.
In some situations sperm enhancers e.g. Pentoxifylline, could be used to improve the chances of achieving a pregnancy.
When female ovulation occurs, the male partner will be required to produce a semen sample. The laboratory will then wash and prepare this sperm sample for insemination.
The sperm is specially prepared in the laboratory to concentrate those with the best quality and then directly placed into the woman’s uterus around the time of ovulation.