What is artificial insemination?
Artificial insemination is the simplest assisted reproduction treatment. It entails placing the sperm inside the uterus so that:
- The cervical barrier is avoided.
- The sperm are placed closer to the fertilisation location.
The semen sample is previously treated in the laboratory and an ovarian stimulation is performed in order to control the oocyte maturation. This controlled process increases the probability of fertilisation and, thus, of pregnancy.
First appointment: In this first consultation, the problem is discussed and after a medical assessment, the necessary tests for both members of the couple are requested. These tests are essential to determine the cause of the infertility and to identify the most appropriate technique for each couple.
What does artificial insemination entail?
For this procedure, it is convenient to perform a mild stimulation of the ovary and to induce ovulation by means of medication controlled by the doctors. The start of the treatment depends on the menstrual cycle of each patient and lasts approximately between 10 and 12 days. Throughout the treatment, the ovarian stimulation is medically monitored. Preparation of the semen sample: If partner sperm will be used, then the man must hand over the sample to the lab a few hours before the treatment. The preparation in the lab enables selecting the sperm with better motility, while rejecting those that are dead, not moving or moving slowly.
The insemination process is not painful, since the sperm is injected into the uterine cavity with a cannula, which does not cause much discomfort.
Sometimes, donor sperm is required, such as for:
– Single women.
– Males who are carriers of congenital diseases that could be transmitted to their descendants.
– Azoospermia, that is, absence of sperm in the ejaculate.
– Homosexual women.
Sperm donors are comprehensively studied to rule out communicable diseases (particularly the presence of HIV and hepatitis B and C antibodies) and hereditary diseases which donors or their close relatives may suffer. A general medical history is prepared, together with a series of psychological tests.
Our success rates
The success rate per cycle for Artificial Insemination with sperm from the partner is 14-20% and for Artificial Insemination with donor sperm it is around 20-25%.
* Statistics for our patients in 2021.
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