Artificial Insemination Can Help You Become a Parent
At the Fertility Institute, we provide artificial insemination (AIH), often in conjunction with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH), to increase hopeful parents' chances of becoming pregnant. We exclusively perform intrauterine insemination (IUI) because this process of injecting concentrated sperm directly into the uterus has a higher success rate than other methods of AIH. To learn more about artificial insemination, contact The Fertility Institute in New Orleans, LA, today.
Artificial Insemination Candidacy
Artificial insemination can help patients overcome a variety of fertility complications. It is often recommended for couples with male-factor infertility due to low sperm count or low sperm motility. It is also a common option for overcoming female-factor infertility due to endometriosis or unreceptive cervical mucous, which prevents sperm from traveling through the female reproductive tract.
COH and AIH are often recommended as first treatment options because they are less invasive than other options like in vitro fertilization (IVF). Our fertility specialists may recommend several rounds of COH and AIH before considering IVF. Unlike artificial insemination, IVF involves fertilizing the egg outside the mother's body. Once the egg becomes fertilized in our laboratory, it is transferred back to the uterus. We will conduct a thorough analysis to determine which treatment will most likely help you achieve your goal of conceiving.
Intrauterine Artificial Insemination
Before the actual process of insemination begins, a female patient will begin her COH treatments to stimulate her ovarian follicles and prompt the release of eggs. During this time, we will collect a semen sample from a male partner or donor. It is carefully washed, meaning the sperm cells are separated from seminal plasma to achieve a highly concentrated sample. Sperm that is not used during the subsequent round of artificial insemination can be cryogenically frozen for future use in artificial insemination or other fertility treatments.
During IUI, our doctor will insert a speculum within the female patient's vagina, which opens the pathway to the cervix. Next, the doctor will insert a sterile, flexible catheter into the vagina. The catheter is carefully moved past to cervix to reach the uterus. Once the catheter is in place, the doctor will carefully inject the concentrated sperm. There, the sperm can more easily access newly released eggs in the hopes of fertilization.
Usually, each artificial insemination procedure takes from 45 minutes to an hour, and patients can resume normal activities after it is complete. Your doctor will determine when you should take a pregnancy test to determine if the treatment was successful. Success rates can be as high as 20% per cycle, depending on factors such as the fertility drugs used, and the female partner's age.
If artificial insemination with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation fails after several rounds, we may recommend undergoing IVF.
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We are passionate about helping hopeful parents find the solutions they need to realize their dreams of starting or growing their families. To learn more about how artificial insemination can help you become a parent, contact the Fertility Institute today and schedule an appointment.