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Ask your fertility clinic

We always recommend that you ask your clinic for advice as to which type of sperm straws to order. You are also welcome to contact Cryos Customer Service, if you need further guidance when choosing between IUI and ICI.

What is an ICI straw?

ICI straws are unwashed/unprepared sperm. ICI straws contain all the natural fluids that are present in a normal ejaculate.

What type of treatment are ICI sperm straws used for?

ICI straws can be used for intra cervical insemination (ICI). In this fertility treatment, a syringe is used to insert the sperm into the woman’s vagina. The motile sperm cells will swim into the uterus and hopefully, fertilize the egg. This is similar to intercourse.

ICI straws can only be used for IUI, IVF or ICSI treatment if your clinic can wash the straws before the treatment. Please consult your clinic regarding which type of straw they prefer.

ICI donor sperm is not ready to use for IUI (intra uterine insemination) treatment as inserting unwashed sperm directly into the uterus may cause a negative reaction leading to severe cramps.