What is the difference between IUI and ICI donor sperm?
You can choose between two different types of sperm straws at Cryos: IUI and ICI. Before placing your order, you will need to know about the difference. In this blog post, we will introduce you to the two types of donor sperm, the difference between them, and what to choose for your fertility treatment with donor sperm.
IUI sperm straws
IUI donor sperm is washed and purified sperm which has been prepared in a laboratory. IUI sperm is ready for insemination directly into the uterus. The purification of the sperm consists of separating the seminal fluids from the sperm cells and adding a cryo-preservative fluid before preserving the sperm (freezing).
IUI donor sperm is ready to be used for intrauterine insemination at a clinic. The IUI procedure must always be done at a clinic by a trained health care professional.
IUI straws can also be used for IVF, ICI and ICSI treatment.
ICI sperm straws
ICI donor sperm is unwashed, unpurified sperm that contains all the naturally occurring ejaculate fluids.
ICI sperm can be used for the fertility treatment intracervical insemination where the sperm is inserted into the woman’s vagina.
ICI straws can also be used for IVF and ICSI treatment. Unwashed ICI sperm cannot be used for intrauterine insemination as this may cause a severe allergic reaction. However, you can order ICI sperm for IUI treatment at a clinic if the clinic prefers to prepare the sperm themselves prior to the fertility treatment. We recommend you to ask your clinic for their preferences with regards to the choice of sperm straws before ordering.
Recommendations for your order
For insemination at a clinic with IUI donor sperm, we recommend using 1 MOT10 straw or higher per treatment. You can read more about what to order for your treatment here.
There is a price difference between IUI and ICI donor sperm straws. The former has a higher price than the latter. In our Donor Search under each sperm donor profile, you can see the exact price of the sperm straws you need for your treatment. Please, remember that you must first create a profile to browse the donors. This is of course completely free of charge.
We always recommend you to ask your clinic for advice before placing your order. You are also welcome to contact our customer service for further information and guidance. We know that the process can be difficult and therefore, we are ready to help you.
You might also be interested in reading this blog post about different types of fertility treatment.