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Fertility Treatment

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Embark on a journey to conception with our dedicated assistance. Through IUI, we enhance the journey of sperm to meet the egg, significantly increasing the chances of fertilisation within your body.

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Eligible for health insurance

What is IUI (intrauterine insemination)?

IUI is a fertility treatment designed to facilitate the fertilisation process by introducing sperm directly into the uterus at the time of ovulation. By selecting sperm with high motility in the laboratory and transferring them closer to the egg, we significantly boost the number of healthy sperm reaching the egg, thereby increasing fertilisation chances. IUI is known for its safety and carries a minimal risk of complications.

The careful selection and preparation of sperm are key to enhancing the likelihood of achieving a successful pregnancy through this method.

Is IUI the Right Choice for You?

IUI is often recommended as an initial fertility treatment for couples experiencing mild fertility issues, including:

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Low sperm count

When the male partner's sperm quality is suboptimal, or the production is insufficient.

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Physical impairments

For couples facing physical challenges or certain medical conditions, IUI offers a pathway to pregnancy.

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Cada Fertility Check

Understand your fertility

The initial fertility check is the pivotal starting point for your journey, offering a clear diagnosis and shaping your future treatment plan.

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    Comprehensive analysis of all fertility factors

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    Advanced diagnostic techniques in our Cada Laboratories

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    Prompt, accurate results in 7 days

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IUI Treatment: Step-by-Step

Step 1

Fertility Check

Our comprehensive fertility analysis encompasses techniques like ultrasound, semen analysis, and diagnostic blood tests. Employing cutting-edge laboratory technology, we deliver optimal outcomes, laying the foundation for your treatment plan.

Step 2

Kick-Off IUI

IUI can be performed during a natural menstrual cycle or a medically stimulated cycle. For the latter, medications may be prescribed to encourage egg production.

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Ultrasound & Ovulation

If you are taking medication for egg maturation, we will conduct regular ultrasound examinations to monitor egg development. Ovulation will then be induced at the optimal time for insemination. In natural cycles, ovulation timing is determined using an ovulation test.

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Insemination Procedure

The partner sperm, prepared and selected for optimal health, are introduced into the uterus through a slender catheter, coinciding with the release of eggs. A pregnancy test is scheduled two weeks post-insemination to check for successful fertilisation.

Access your results via the Cada App

Your results and personalised treatment plan are available to you around the clock.

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Real-Time Medical Results

Track your laboratory results and get clear interpretations of your values.

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Full Transparency

Gain digital access to every stage of your personalised treatment.

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Expert Support

Reach out to your doctors directly via the app for tailored advice.

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Data Protection

Your information is secure and treated with the utmost confidentiality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the most important questions and answers about IUI at Cada. If your question cannot be answered here, please feel free to contact us directly.

What does the abbreviation IUI stand for?

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IUI stands for intrauterine insemination. In this method, prepared sperm is directly inserted into the uterus to facilitate fertilisation.

How does an IUI procedure work?

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Like all treatments at Cada, IUI follows a precise protocol:

  1. Fertility Check: Our comprehensive fertility check incorporates methods such as ultrasound, sperm analysis, and diagnostic blood tests. Our state-of-the-art lab technology ensures precise results as the foundation for your personalised treatment.

  2. Treatment Kick-off: IUI can be performed in either a stimulated or natural cycle. In a stimulated cycle, medications are prescribed to promote egg maturation.

  3. Ultrasound and Ovulation: During hormonal stimulation, regular ultrasound examinations are conducted. Ovulation is triggered shortly before insemination. If no hormonal stimulation is used, ovulation is determined by an ovulation test.

  4. Insemination: The partner’s sperm is prepared simultaneously with the release of the egg. The best sperm are injected into the uterus through a thin tube. A pregnancy test is conducted two weeks after insemination.

What are the requirements for an IUI?

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While individual criteria may vary, general requirements for IUI include:

  1. Patent fallopian tubes: A woman's fallopian tubes must be patent for the embryo to implant in the uterus. A gentle fallopian tube patency test (HyCoSy) can be used to determine whether the fallopian tubes are blocked or patent.

  2. Ovulation: In order to perform an IUI, the woman must ovulate, either spontaneously or hormonally induced. Ovulation is triggered approximately 24-32 hours before insemination. The exact time is determined by the attending physician.

  3. Sufficient sperm quality: There should be sufficient fertilisable sperm in the ejaculate. In addition, at least 40% of the sperm should be motile and present in sufficient quantity (at least 15 million per millilitre). Our fertility specialists will be happy to advise you individually in an initial consultation.

What are the success rates of an IUI?

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The success rate of an IUI averages 10-20% per cycle. Individual success depends on the woman’s age, the cause of infertility, and other factors.

Our specialists will be happy to provide a realistic assessment of your individual chances of success during a personal consultation.

What is the cost of an IUI?

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Since IUI is minimally invasive and less complex than IVF, the costs are more affordable. On average, the total cost of an IUI treatment, including medication, counseling, examinations, etc., ranges from CHF 1,000 to 1,500. At Cada, we prioritise cost transparency and offer a fixed price for IUI treatment. This price includes all costs, pregnancy tests, consultations, and analyses. This way, our patients know the full cost upfront and can undergo their fertility treatment with peace of mind. For detailed information about our prices and financing options, we are happy to talk about them with you during an initial consultation.

When is an IUI treatment recommended?

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IUI treatment is usually considered when couples have minimal fertility restrictions and are looking for their first treatment option. This is particularly relevant if the sperm quality is slightly impaired. In addition, IUI can be used in cases of cycle disorders or when sexual intercourse is not possible due to physical limitations.

Is it necessary to take medications when undergoing IUI?

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Not always. It depends on whether ovarian stimulation is performed before IUI. Often, this stimulation is used to promote egg growth. Medications like Clomiphene, Letrozole, or gonadotropins are typically used to aid in egg maturation. The specific medication regimen is dependent on the individual woman's circumstances and is determined by the attending physician.

Is there an age limit for IUI treatment?

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While there's no definite age limit for IUI, it's generally suggested for women below 40. However, older women in good health may also consider this treatment. Our specialists are available to evaluate your unique situation and provide a recommendation.

Can frozen eggs or sperm be used for IUI treatment?

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Yes, and no. Frozen sperm can be used for intrauterine insemination (IUI). The sperm are collected, preserved, and thawed as needed before being introduced into the uterus. Frozen eggs, however, cannot be used in traditional IUI treatment, because fertilisation occurs directly in the female body. If frozen eggs are available, they can be used for fertilisation during ICSI.

How long does the entire IUI treatment process take?

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An IUI treatment takes about two to four weeks. It might start with ovarian stimulation over 7-10 days, followed by a week of monitoring egg maturation. Ovulation is induced by hormone administration approximately 32 hours before IUI. The preparation of sperm lasts a few hours and the actual IUI procedure only takes a few minutes. A pregnancy test can be conducted about two weeks following the IUI. Since the timings can vary based on the individual treatment plan, it's crucial to discuss the exact schedule with your doctor.

What is the difference between IUI and IVF?

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Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are both assisted reproduction methods. IUI involves the insertion of sperm into the uterus, fertilising the egg inside the woman's body. IVF involves fertilisation outside the body. The sperm is brought together with the egg in the laboratory. The fertilised egg develops into an embryo and is then implanted in the woman's uterus.

Does the entire IUI treatment, including preparation, occur on site at Cada?

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Like all other treatments, IUI is performed on site at Cada. Our specialists conduct all analyses in the Cada laboratory, and the team of doctors is available to provide support and advice at every stage. You'll receive the test results via the Cada app. We will schedule an appointment with you to review the results and create your treatment plan.

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