Artificial insemination, or Interuterine Insemination (IUI), is sometimes recommended as a simpler and more affordable starting point for fertility treatment. If you undergo more than three unsuccessful IUI attempts, we’d usually recommend starting a more complex IVF treatment.
If you or your partner has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, hostile cervical mucus, minor sperm abnormalities or other male disorders, IUI is sometimes a successful option. It can also be used when semen has been frozen due to a husband's absence or before chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
What is IUI?
This procedure is performed by a nurse and is usually not painful, although sometimes you might feel mild cramping and/or discomfort. You should be able to return to work straight away.
This procedure can be performed during a natural cycle or with artificial hormone stimulation (ovulation induction).
Insemination with donor sperm
Artificial insemination is also used when couples need to use a sperm donor. Donor sperm may be recommended when the male partner has problems with sperm quality or production, including when the sperm is of very poor quality, or if there is a high risk of passing on a genetic disease.
Artificial insemination using a sperm donor is also an option for single women or same sex couples.
How much does artificial insemination cost?
An Artificial Insemination / Intrauterine Insemination cycle is eligible for a Medicare rebate and the estimated out of pocket cost is $1,831.
To find out if IUI is suitable for you please book an appointment with a fertility specialist on 1800 111 483. Appointments are available in the next couple of weeks and will cost approximately $150 for a couple after the Medicare rebate.