When Should I Try Artificial Insemination?

Posted on July 14, 2016 by MD

Artificial insemination, which may also be referred to as "IUI," is one of the most common fertility treatments available to women and couples trying to conceive. However, this treatment option isn't the right choice for every patient. To determine whether artificial insemination is appropriate for you, consult the information below.

What is Artificial Insemination?

Artificial insemination is a procedure used to increase the chances of pregnancy by injecting sperm directly into the uterine cavity near the time of ovulation. Because the sperm doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the egg when this procedure is used, the likelihood of successful conception is greater. This procedure is ideal for women who are trying to conceive without a male partner, as well as couples dealing with male factor infertility, neurological problems or sexual dysfunction.

During artificial insemination, a thin needle is inserted through the cervix and into the uterine cavity when ovulation is believed to be imminent. This needle is used to inject sperm that has been separated from semen and stored in a small amount of media.

Is it Time to Try Artificial Insemination?

If you are a woman attempting to get pregnant without a male partner, artificial insemination is often the best option. However, if you are part of a couple diagnosed with male factor infertility or another issue, you may wish to try to get pregnant on your own first. Some people also prefer to use at-home remedies to increase their chances before resorting to artificial insemination.

Because so many different factors play a role in determining whether it is time for you to attempt artificial insemination, the best way to make this decision is to talk about it with your partner and/or a fertility specialist. In addition, other treatments that may be more appropriate for your unique situation are also available. To make an appointment with a fertility specialist and discuss your fertility treatment options in detail, please contact New York Reproductive Wellness today.



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