SUCCESS RATES
Here at Conceptia, we have a well above average national success rate.

Discover what makes us one of the leading fertility clinics in Canada.
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SUCCESS RATES
Here at Conceptia, we have a well above average national success rate.

Discover what makes us one of the leading fertility clinics in Canada.
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FINANCIAL QUESTIONS
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FINANCIAL QUESTIONS
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Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a simple procedure. The semen sample is prepared and then aspirated into a small, flexible catheter. The catheter is then passed through the cervix to inject highly motile sperm directly into the uterus. It is not painful and usually finished within a few minutes.

An IUI can be performed with a semen sample from your partner or a donor.
  • If using donor sperm, it must be obtained beforehand from one of Health Canada’s accredited sperm distributor.
  • If using partner sperm, he must be available the morning of the procedure or have previously frozen his sperm at the clinic.

Step 1: Preparing the Sperm

The morning of the IUI, a semen sample is obtained or thawed. The sample then undergoes a special washing and processing procedure. During this washing and processing phase, potentially toxic chemicals, dead sperm, debris and prostaglandins found in the seminal plasma are removed.

Once washed, the sample contains a concentrated population of high quality sperm.


Step 2: Intrauterine Insemination

We recommend that you arrive with an almost full bladder to facilitate the insertion of the catheter. We recommend to drink 500 to 1000ml of water, one hour before the procedure.

Before the procedure begins, you will lie down as you normally would for a pap test. A speculum is placed in the vagina and the cervical area is gently cleaned. The sperm is then placed in the uterine cavity using a sterile, flexible catheter that is passed through the cervix.

The procedure is quick and usually painless. There is usually no activity restriction after an IUI. It is very common to experience light spotting afterwards.

Fourteen days later, a blood pregnancy test will be done.

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This procedure is used when there is no sperm available from a partner for fertilization (e.g. post vasectomy), single women, women with a female partner, or for other reasons.

The use of LH kits will be recommended to help determine the ideal time to do the IUI. The purpose of this test is to detect an increase (surge) of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine which occurs just before ovulation.

The IUI will be performed just before or at the time of the patient's ovulation.

  • Ovulation Predictor kits (OPK)
  • This test is similar to a urinary pregnancy test.
  • They can be purchased at most pharmacies (verify expiration date).
  • Specifically purchase kits that predict ovulation in 24-36 hours.
  • You should test at around the same time each day. Most women will have a positive result in the morning (first urine of the day).
  • We recommend that you only do one test per day, before noon. You should not urinate for at least 4 hours before taking the test.
  • Follow the kits instructions as to determine when to start testing.
  • When your test is positive, call the clinic as soon as possible. A positive test means that ovulation will occur within the next 24 to 36 hours. If your test is positive outside of regular hours, please leave a detailed message on our voicemail.
    • If the test is positive prior to 12 pm, the IUI will occur the next day.
    • If you test positive in the afternoon or evening, the IUI will occur the next afternoon (1.5 days later).
    • If it is negative in the morning and positive in the evening, the IUI will occur the next afternoon (1.5 days later).

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If you and your partner are young and there is no obvious reason preventing you from conceiving, our Medical Director will probably recommend a non-invasive technique, such as ovarian stimulation with an IUI.

Young couples have about 15% to 20% chance of success to conceive during every month they are trying. After 12 months of unsuccessful unprotected intercourse, chances of success are reduced to about 5%. An IUI might then be just the little help you need to conceive.

In order to bring back your chances of success to about 20%, you may be advised to pursue ovarian stimulation.

Ovarian stimulation is when the ovaries are stimulated with fertility drugs. The goal is to produce the maturation of two to three follicules (each containing a mature egg) instead of only one, as in any regular menstrual cycle.

Prior to taking the medication, a blood test is done to assess the hormones and an endovaginal ultrasounds is performed to examine the ovaries and the endometrial lining. After the medication is taken, the same tests are repeated to evaluate the response to treatment.

Once the medical team judges that the timing is right, ovulation is induced with an injectable medication. The IUI is then performed 36 hours after “ovulation induction”.

This procedure can be done up to three times. If you are still unsuccessful after three IUIs, our Medical Director will review your chart. You will have the opportunity to discuss whether or not more fertility testing or more invasive treatment should occur.

1 in 6

Canadian couples trying to conceive are diagnosed with infertility.
Canadian couples trying to conceive are diagnosed with infertility.

Above Average

national success rates
national success rates

800

babies born with the help of Conceptia
babies born with the help of Conceptia

> 50

pregnancies in progress
pregnancies in progress

About Conceptia

The CONCEPTIA Clinic was founded in 2000 and is the only “full-service” fertility treatment center in New Brunswick.

Conceptia is the only private non-profit fertility Clinic in Canada. This organization is a leading fertility clinic in the country with many years of success above national average, focuses entirely on patient-specific treatment strategies and welfare.

Contact Us

31 Providence St.
4th floor - Pavillon Hotel-Dieu
Moncton, NB E1C 8X3
info@conceptia.ca


T: (506) 862-4217
Toll Free: 1-866-381-BABY (2229)
F: (506) 862-7571

Open Hours
Fertility Clinic: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during the week
Nursing Team: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm during the week
Weekends & Holidays: Prescheduled appointments only (Starting at 8:30 am)