Intrauterine insemination (IUI) - the risks

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) itself is normally quite straightforward – it is usually fairly painless, although you may experience mild cramps similar to period pains.

However, the risks associated with the fertility drugs that are often used with this treatment can include reactions to the drugs and certain pregnancy problems.

With stimulated IUI, you also run the risk of multiple pregnancy.

The use of ultrasound scanning before ovulation means that if there are more than two mature egg follicles present, the cycle can be abandoned.

Your fertility specialist should discuss all risks with you before beginning your treatment.

For more information on possible side-effects of fertility drugs and the risks of multiple births, see:

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Page last updated: 19 June 2009

Genetic testing

Photo of an embryo

Learn about pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Discover how this technique could help to avoid passing on inherited conditions to any potential child.

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