What is the difference between ICI and IUI sperm straws?
At Cryos, you can buy two types of sperm straws: ICI and IUI.
ICI is unwashed/unprepared sperm. ICI straws can be used for intra-cervical insemination. ICI straws cannot be used for intra-uterine insemination without prior preparation as this may cause a severe allergic reaction. However, you can buy ICI sperm straws for intra-uterine insemination, if your fertility clinic prefers to prepare the sperm prior to the treatment.
IUI is washed/prepared sperm where all ejaculate fluids have been removed. IUI straws can be used for intra-uterine insemination and for intra-cervical insemination.
Please ask your fertility clinic for advice as to which type of sperm straws to choose.
Read more about IUI and ICI sperm straws here.