Artificial insemination is the deliberate introduction of sperm to the uterus of a woman with the specific aim of causing a pregnancy.
Artificial insemination can help women who have had difficulty conceiving through intercourse and whose partners have been shown to have low-motility sperm, a low sperm count or other fertility issues.
Artificial insemination is also an option for women suffering with endometriosis or any abnormalities in their reproductive organs.
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BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
Before insemination, the doctor will conduct a number of tests to monitor the patient's uterus and pinpoint the time when conception is most likely. If using partner sperm, the partner will be asked to provide a semen sample when the woman is ovulating. Most doctors will ask that the man abstains from sex or masturbation for between 2 and 5 days ahead of the procedure to improve sperm count. The sample is "washed" or processed in a laboratory, which aims to portion out the healthiest sperm for use in the process. If using donor sperm, the artificial insemination will be done when the woman is ovulating, using thawed sperm or fresh donor sperm.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED
The processed sperm are placed in a catheter and introduced manually into the vaginal canal, in a manner similar to a pap smear. After insemination, the woman should lie down for up to an hour, to increase the chance of a successful conception.
The Artificial Insemination takes 2 to 2 hours.
Some women experience some minor cramping and some spotting.
GOOD TO KNOW
Success rates vary, and are dependent on a number of factors, primarily egg and sperm quality, but also presence of endometriosis, age, and general health.
Not Recommended for
Women with severe fertility difficulties, women over the age of 35.