There are a wide range of needs that may be assisted through artificial insemination procedures. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the most common type of artificial insemination and has the highest success rate. Some of the common situations that may be assisted with artificial insemination include:
If a male partner has viable sperm, his sperm is used for the process. In the case of sterility or no male partner, donated sperm is used. Sperm collected for the insemination procedure is processed to remove any components that could potentially interfere with the insemination procedure. The prepared sperm is implanted in the woman in the target location, based on the type of artificial insemination process chosen.
While generally a low-risk procedure, there are a few potential complications. For example, there’s a greater chance for multiple pregnancies when artificial insemination is used in combination with fertility medications. Multiple pregnancies carry its own set of potential risks. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is another risk when patients combine fertility medications and artificial insemination treatments, though it’s a rare complication. Fertility medications are typically used only when endometriosis seems to interfere with conception.
If pregnancy isn’t achieved within 6 cycles of artificial insemination, additional treatments aren’t likely to produce results, and other fertilization methods are recommended.
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