What is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing washed sperm directly into the uterus. During this procedure, a sperm sample is first collected and then "washed" to isolate the most motile and healthy sperm, removing impurities that could hinder fertilization. The sperm is then carefully injected into the uterus using a thin, flexible catheter. This process bypasses the cervix and vagina, increasing the sperm's chances of reaching and fertilizing the egg.

As a fertility treatment option, IUI is a simpler and more cost-efficient procedure than in vitro fertilisation (IVF). IUI is often recommended for:

  • Couples with mild male factor infertility, such as low sperm count or motility.
  • Unexplained infertility, where no clear cause for infertility has been identified.
  • Same-sex female couples or single women seeking pregnancy using donor sperm.
Can You Do IUI At Home?

Due to the precise nature of the sperm preparation and the need for professional handling of the catheter, IUI should not be performed at home. Attempting to administer IUI without professional medical supervision can lead to serious complications, such as infections or physio-pathological issues, because of improper semen handling or incorrect catheter placement. Hence, it is crucial to undergo this treatment under the care of a qualified healthcare provider in a controlled clinical setting.

Fertility Treatments at Home - FDA-cleared Insemination Kits

If you're exploring home fertility treatments, consider ICI or Intravaginal Insemination (IVI) which involves placing the sperm at or near the cervix. FDA-cleared home insemination kits such as twoplus Applicator undergo rigorous checks to ensure safe use for self-insemination at home.

The cost of such insemination kits can vary, but it is generally more affordable than other fertility treatments due to its simplicity and the ability to perform it at home. For instance, one cycle of twoplus Applicator kit (includes three syringes and three collection cups) costs $129, making it an accessible option for most couples as compared to an IUI treatment that can cost up to $2,000 per attempt.

How Do I Inseminate at Home?

Thinking about home insemination but worried it might be complicated? The twoplus Applicator is designed to be easy to use, ensuring that anyone can use it confidently. The process involves just three easy steps, making it virtually foolproof. See it in action:

 Does ICI (Home Insemination) Work?

Studies show that over six treatment cycles, both IUI and ICI (home insemination) have comparable pregnancy rates: 40.5% for IUI and 37.9% for ICI*. This suggests both methods offer a good chance of conception.

The twoplus Applicator, an FDA-cleared home insemination kit, has helped 10,000+ couples worldwide on their parenthood journey. Read their stories here: