Intrauterine insemination IUI is a fertility treatment that involves directly inserting sperm into a woman's womb. You may be offered IUI if: you're unable to have vaginal sex — for example, because of a physical disability or psychosexual problem you have a condition that means you need specific help to conceive. For example, if 1 of you has HIV and it's not safe to have unprotected sex you're in a same-sex relationship and have not become pregnant after up to 6 cycles of IUI using donor sperm from a licensed fertility unit the Stonewall website has more information about IUI for same-sex couples Bear in mind that the waiting list for IUI treatment on the NHS can be very long in some areas. The criteria you must meet to be eligible for IUI can also vary. Fertility tests before IUI Before IUI is done, you and your partner's fertility will need to be assessed to find out why you are having difficulty conceiving and to see whether IUI is suitable for you. For a woman to have IUI, her fallopian tubes the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb must be open and healthy. You and your partner will not usually be offered IUI if you have: unexplained infertility mild endometriosis This is because there is some evidence to suggest that IUI will not increase your chances of getting pregnant in these circumstances, compared with trying to get pregnant naturally. To increase your chances of success, a cycle of IUI should be done just after ovulation.
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