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Often couples need is a little help. Rather than undertaking a complex treatment like IVF, we will try lower technology treatments such as Ovulation Induction (OI) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

Below we have provided an overview of the non-IVF treatments we offer.  If you would like more information on each of the treatments listed below, please take a look at Pathway to a child in our 'Treatment with us' section here.

Ovulation induction (OI)

Ovulation induction (OI) is drug treatment to induce ovulation in women with irregular or absent cycles.

It can involve taking pills or giving subcutaneous injections of drugs (the way diabetics receive insulin). It nearly always involves blood tests and ultrasound scans to monitor progress, both to time intercourse and to reduce the chance of multiple pregnancy.

Usually the couple has intercourse when ovulation is predicted or triggered by the ovulatory hormone (LH) injection, but artificial insemination using partner's sperm can be used, especially if the drugs affect the ability of sperm to make their way through the woman's cervix.

The major risk for this treatment is multiple pregnancy.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

A simple treatment used in cases where there is deficient cervical mucus, mild male-factor infertility or mild endometriosis or unexplained infertility. Cycles are tracked using blood tests and sometimes ultrasound scans.

At the time of ovulation a prepared sample of sperm is placed into the uterus using a fine catheter. Sometimes modest amounts of drugs are given to increase the number of eggs maturing, ideally two or three.

Mild hyperstimulation with intrauterine insemination (IUI)

This treatment uses drugs to try and increase the number of follicles (i.e. eggs) maturing to two or three and then when ovulation is about to occur, undertake intra-uterine insemination. It is indicated if the infertility is unexplained or there is just mild endometriosis.

Besides administering injections to at least double the number of egg follicles that develop, the treatment has to be closely monitored by blood tests and scans. As for ovulation induction, the major risk for this treatment is multiple pregnancy.

Did you know? There are many pathways through fertility treatment and everyone experiences if differently. To help you navigate your way through the possible paths, take a look at
our 'Pathways to a child' section