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IUI-ready and ICI-ready Donor Sperm: What’s the Difference?

When browsing through our extended list of sperm donors, you will come across the terms “IUI-ready” and “ICI-ready” (or ICI-Unwashed). These two terms are used as a description of sperm that has been prepared and is available from that donor. More specifically, IUI-ready and ICI-ready are seen in the table where you select the number of straws you would like to purchase of your favorite donor. In the linked example, we are using donor Cort – who has both IUI ready straws and ICI unwashed straws.

If you are just starting your journey of finding a donor, IUI-ready and ICI-ready sperm may be foreign terms to you. If you have already done a bit of searching, you may be familiar with these words and understand their basic meaning. Let’s clarify what the difference between IUI and ICI ready sperm is and for what procedures you are able to use them.

ICI-ready (Intra-Cervical Insemination) Sperm

ICI-ready (or ICI unwashed) sperm means that the sperm is unwashed. In other words, all the natural fluid and cells are held together with the sperm instead of “washed” or removed. This is ideal for home insemination because these are non-surgical procedures, so your body will handle the sperm naturally, just as it would during intercourse. IUI-ready sperm can also be used for home insemination if desired, but it is not necessary. The main difference is that you will have washed sperm rather than natural unwashed sperm. You would choose ICI-ready sperm unless your favorite donor only has IUI-ready straws available. Read more on how an ICI aka home insemination procedure is done here.

IUI-ready (Intrauterine Insemination) Sperm

IUI-ready sperm means that the sperm has been washed. Before cryopreservation, the sperm cells are separated from the seminal fluid through density gradient, washed and then added to a cryopreservative medium. This type of sperm is typically used for an IUI procedure (and fertility treatments such as IVF). This is because those treatments require washed sperm that has been cleaned of its seminal fluid. Read more on how an IUI procedure is done here.

More Information about IUI-ready and ICI-ready sperm and donors

Cryos strives to provide you with the knowledge you need  to know when it comes to choosing your perfect donor. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected] or give us a call at (407) 203-1175. Don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know what other topics you would like to see.

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  1. Kaila O says:

    Hello,

    Very serious question, a lot of the donors have only iui available. Is it significantly lower chances of using washed sperm because it’s not protected by natural fluids anymore?

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Kaila,

      No, washed sperm will not change or affect the efficacy of the sperm. Washed or purified sperm is required for clinical procedures, such as IUI, because the sperm is being injected into the uterus. Our bodies naturally wash the sperm which is unwashed is used for home insemination. When a clinic is injecting directly into the uterus it bypasses that natural washing process and can lead to uterine contractions after IUI procedure. If you are doing home insemination you can use ICI or IUI-ready specimens. It will not make a difference.

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