Understand Artificial Insemination
What is involved in artificial insemination?
This procedure can be performed during a natural cycle or with additional hormonal stimulation (ovulation induction). Our fertility specialist will discuss the decision for the best technique with you and your partner.
The woman’s cycle is monitored to determine the day of ovulation – often referred to as ‘cycle tracking’. Once the follicle is mature, ovulation is triggered by an injection of synthetic human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
The prepared sperm is inserted directly into the uterine cavity using a very thin catheter. This process is similar to a pap smear with regard to discomfort.
Progesterone supplementation is generally started following IUI and continued until the end of the first three months or a negative pregnancy test in two weeks.
Donor sperm treatment may involve artificial insemination (Intrauterine insemination). It may be recommended for the most serious abnormalities of sperm production or where there is a high risk of passing on a genetic disease. Artificial insemination using donor sperm is also an option for single women
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