Stimulated Intra Uterine Insemination (SIUI)
This treatment is used for couples with unexplained infertility or for women with problems with ovulation.
The principle of SIUI is to stimulate the ovaries (with fertility drugs) so that one or more eggs are produced, but usually no more than three. The man´s semen (either from a partner or a sperm donor) is then prepared to separate out the high quality sperm and these are placed high up into the uterus with a soft catheter. This is called IUI, or intra-uterine insemination. Fertilisation of the eggs then can occur naturally. Occasionally, couples may be advised to have normal intercourse rather than IUI.
It is crucial that intercourse or IUI is timed to coincide with ovulation that the drug treatment has achieved. Monitoring your response to the drugs is therefore vital, to maximise the chance of a successful pregnancy and minimise any risks. Monitoring is done by performing ultrasound scans of your ovaries and by taking blood samples so that we can measure the levels of various hormones. In particular, monitoring can check for overproduction of eggs and thereby help us to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancy.