Intrauterine Insemination
(IUI) Turkey

Artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves inserting the male partner’s (or donor’s) prepared sperm sample through cervix (the neck of the uterus) and into the cavity of the uterus, immediately before ovulation.

Intrauterine Insemination

Artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), entails the introduction of a prepared sperm sample from the male partner or donor into the uterus cavity via the cervix (the neck of the womb) just before ovulation.

The goal of IUI is for the sperm to reach the fallopian tube and fertilise an awaiting egg, leading to conception. The procedure may be timed with your natural cycle or coupled with fertility medications, depending on the underlying causes of infertility.

IUI Step by Step Process

Undergoing an intrauterine insemination cycle often includes taking medication to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs, then through a simple technique, directly injecting processed sperm into the uterus at the time of ovulation. We’d like to take you through the entire process, step by step, so you know what to expect.

Step 1

Stimulation of Egg Growth

To stimulate egg growth, the woman is prescribed oral or injectable medication. The injections are administered subcutaneously in areas of the body with fat, such as the stomach or thigh, and are taken for 8-12 days, depending on the ovaries’ response. Oral medication is taken for 5 days.

Step 2

Ultrasound and Blood Monitoring

During the medication phase, the woman is monitored with brief ultrasound appointments every 2-3 days to assess ovarian function and egg development. Blood tests are also done to monitor hormone levels.

Step 3

Inducing Ovulation

When a mature egg is present, the woman receives a “trigger shot” that induces ovulation within 36 hours. The shot can be self-administered at home or given by a nurse at the clinic. The male partner or a donor provides a sperm sample, which is then processed by the lab, removing debris, immobile sperm and substances that could cause severe cramping. The sample is highly concentrated into a small volume.

Step 4


The sperm sample is injected into the woman’s uterus through a thin, flexible catheter. The entire procedure takes only a few seconds and is painless. Often, a single well-timed insemination is enough, but sometimes two inseminations are done two days in a row.

Step 5


About a week after ovulation, the woman’s progesterone levels are tested. Hormone support, such as progesterone, may be recommended to prepare the uterine lining for pregnancy. Additional blood testing is done two weeks after insemination to determine if pregnancy has occurred. Progesterone support is often used for women with recurrent miscarriage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IUI used for?

IUI is a fertility treatment that is often chosen by couples who have been trying to conceive for at least a year without any known reasons for their infertility. It can also be chosen for the following conditions:

  • Low sperm count
  • Decreased sperm mobility
  • The need for donor sperm
  • A hostile cervical condition such as cervical mucus that is too thick
  • Sexual dysfunction

Although IUI still requires the sperm to fertilize the egg on its own, it is important to ensure that the sperm is healthy and mobile. IUI gives the sperm a head start, but it still has to locate the egg on its own.

How does IUI work?

The IUI procedure is straightforward and can be done even if the woman is not receiving medication to improve her egg production. However, many physicians will recommend that women take medications to stimulate the ovaries to increase egg production and improve the chance of pregnancy.

Ultrasound will be used to monitor the size of the follicles, which develop into eggs. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) hormone is administered to stimulate the release of eggs from the follicles within 34-40 hours.

A lab will process a semen sample to separate the semen from seminal fluid. A catheter is used to inject the processed sperm directly into the uterus, maximising the number of sperm cells in the uterus and increasing the likelihood of conception. The IUI procedure is brief and causes minimal discomfort. The next step is to look for signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

How successful is IUI?

Younger women typically have higher success rates compared to women over the age of 35, but the average success rate for IUI ranges from 10-20% in one cycle. The success of IUI, like other methods of artificial insemination, depends on the health of the sperm and the woman’s body.

From £1250
Treatment Price
  • The final price will be determined by the type of fertility treatment selected, depending also if the fertility treatment is a high or low complexity one. Other factors that will establish the final cost are the length of the treatment and the materials and medical equipment that need to be used.

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