Fertility is an important, deeply personal process, so it’s only natural to have questions about how it works.

Below we answer the most common questions we are asked by people considering letting us help them realise their goal of starting a family.

1. Is IUI painless?

The insemination procedure itself is very simple, short and painless. IUI is minimally invasive, and patients do not require pain medication or anesthesia during treatment.

You might experience some discomfort, which can feel similar to having a Pap smear.

2. Does InSEM offer ovulation induction?

Ovulation induction for patients with ovulatory disfunction is not offered.

3. Do I need a doctor referral?

No, you don’t require a doctor referral to access our services. To book an appointment with us, simply call  1300 446 736 or complete our book an appointment form online.

4. How much does IUI treatment cost?

For more details about our affordable service model, please refer to our Costs section.

5. Who will be involved in my IUI treatment?

During your treatment, you will be well looked after by our highly trained doctors and nurses, who will work together to achieve the best result for you.

Initially, our fertility nurse will gather medical information from you and arrange initial tests. Our GP specialists will use the test results and medical history, to plan your treatment, and our nurses will guide you through your treatment.

6. Can I exercise during my cycle?

You can maintain your normal level of exercise but it is recommended to avoid raising your core body temperature too high after the insemination procedure – avoid overheating.

7. What is the chance of success with IUI?

The chance of success with IUI varies with each patient’s unique circumstances but, generally, success rates of approximately 15-19 per cent per treatment cycle can be expected. For more details about the success rates, please refer to our Success Rates section.

8. What is the difference between IUI and IVF?

The main difference between an IUI and IVF treatments is that IVF is a process involving egg stimulation, retrieval, fertilisation, and transfer; whereas, an IUI inserts sperm into the uterus to decrease the sperm’s travel distance to the egg.

For more details about IUI vs IVF, please refer to our IUI and IVF: What’s the difference? blog.

9. What are the risks of IUI?

IUI is a low-risk procedure, but there are some concerns to be aware of. These can include:

  • Infection – This may be more common among women with a history of pelvic infection.
  • Failed procedure – In a small number of cases, it is not possible to place the catheter into position through the cervix, and the sperm cannot be inserted into the uterine cavity.

10. How many days after my IUI treatment should I take a pregnancy test?

After an IUI procedure, you have to wait at least two weeks to take a pregnancy test.

11. How long will my IUI journey take?

Your IUI will ideally take place around the time of ovulation.  Ovulation occurs approximately two weeks before your period arrives.  If your cycle is, for example, 28 days long; then from day one of your period to the time of your pregnancy test is 28 days.

12. Do you have surrogacy program?

InSEM is not currently licensed to provide surrogacy services. However, If you need further assistance, we are more than happy to refer you to our partners. As part of City Fertility National Network, we can give you access to a comprehensive range of fertility services. Rest assured that we are in this together and we will do everything we can to help make your dreams of parenthood a reality.


13. Do you have a sperm donor program?

To help individuals or couples in their attempt to become parents, InSEM operates a comprehensive sperm program. If you are looking for donor sperm, you can find your perfect match through our partners at Addam Donor Bank. For further information, please refer to our Addam Donor Bank section.

14. What is the medical criteria?

IUI treatment is recommended for patients who have normal ovarian reserve and regular periods.

15. Can the sperm fall out?

Once the sperm is inserted into the uterus, it does not fall out. There can however, be increased wetness after the procedure because the catheter may loosen some of the mucus in the cervix and some may flow out. The wetness is likely to be due to the mucus rather than the sperm.

16. How long after IUI should implantation occur and when I will know it has been successful?

Implantation generally takes place 5-10 days after a well-timed IUI. A positive pregnancy test performed after two weeks will indicate that the IUI treatment has been successful.

17. If I do fall pregnant, will I still be looked after by you?

InSEM can refer you to a range of specialists who can meet your obstetric needs during pregnancy and help deliver your precious new arrival.

18. Can I choose the gender of my baby?

Unfortunately, we are unable to choose or determine the gender of your baby through our treatments.

19. What lifestyle changes could help improve my fertility health?

  • Healthy diet, maintain a healthy BMI
  • Take folic acid
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco

20. When is the best timing to an IUI?

Ideally, an IUI should be performed around the time of ovulation.

21. Do I have to lie down after IUI?

Our specialists recommend patients lie down for 20 minutes to assist sperm navigating towards the fallopian tubes.

22. What does “sperm washing” mean?

It is sometimes also called sperm preparation or spinning. It is a laboratory technique for separating sperm cells from other supporting cells and fluid, and the separating motile sperm from non-motile sperm, for use in assisted reproduction.

23. How should I store the prepared sperm sample?

Preserve prepared sperm sample at room temperature. A typical room temperature range is from 15 C (59 F) to 25 C (77 F).

Need more information?

We are here to empower you during your fertility journey and we will make sure that your feel prepared and confident every step of the way. Get in touch via the contact form below or call us on 1300 446 736.

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