Once all tests are done and diagnosis confirmed, the choice of Assisted Reproductive Technology is the next logical step in treatment of infertility. The choice of treatment method is critical and we cannot stress enough on its importance. It is common for fertility specialists to suggest trying IVF even though there are other, equally effective, assisted conception medical procedures. We believe in recommending our patients the most suited method of ART based on their diagnosis.
Artificial Insemination (AI) also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most «natural» forms of modern infertility treatments. This method differs slightly from IVF in a way as the fertilization and embryonic growth happens in vivo from the moment of conception, i.e. naturally, inside the female body. This process differs from completely artificial fertilization as well. In artificial fertilization, male cells don’t get to egg cell by themselves, instead the egg is fertilized and is then transferred into uterus by medical manipulations.
The intrauterine insemination is a very simple procedure. It is carried out during the ovulation period. During ovulation, healthy fresh sperm or thawed semen is introduced into the uterus with a thin, flexible catheter. This is a painless procedure, which lasts anywhere between 4 to 7 minutes and is performed without administering an anaesthetic. Right after the procedure, the patient should rest for about half an hour before returning to daily activities. Sometimes ovulation is induced hormonally before the insemination procedure (in cases when the patient shows signs of anovulation or irregular ovulation).
There are numerous advantages to this particular method of infertility treatment. The first and foremost is that this is the least invasive and the most «natural» of the methods available. Due to this nature of the procedure, there is no need for hormonal injections or paracentesis, etc. making it easy on the patient’s body. Another of the advantages is that, it is possible to proceed with artificial insemination using donor sperm without undergoing IVF. This is the case where the male partner has reproductive issues or if there is no partner at all.
The cost of artificial insemination is lower than that of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. When the decision to choose artificial insemination or IVF, cost is not the only factor though. Doctor’s recommendation at GMS is based on diagnosis along with the fact that artificial insemination is also less effective than in-vitro fertilization. Artificial insemination success rates range from 15-25% whereas IVF success rates are around 35-40%.
Reasons which are common for both Male and female participants:
Reasons only for Female participants:
Reasons only for Male participants:
Re-iterating our founding principle that treatment should be based on diagnosis, and there are conditions when Artificial Insemination is not advised. Some of there are:
By choosing artificial (intrauterine) insemination at the GMS IVF Clinic, you receive:
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