What does "artificial insemination" mean?
The artificial insemination process involves fertilizing a woman's eggs using a man's sperm through scientific means instead of sexual intercourse. Most often, only the strongest and most healthy of sperm will be chosen to be placed directly into a woman's uterus or cervix, while she is ovulating, to increase the chances of pregnancy.
Can artificial insemination be used to treat infertility?
The artificial insemination process is not so much a treatment as it is a means of reproductive assistance. However, it is especially useful in cases of male infertility, which account for one-third of all couple fertility issues, or unexplained infertility between partners, which accounts for another third of all problems with conceiving.
Can single women or same-sex female partners use artificial insemination to become pregnant?
Yes. Many fertility clinics offer donor sperm to help women achieve pregnancy without a male partner. Some heterosexual couples may also opt for donor sperm if the male partner's sperm is otherwise unviable.
How long does it take for artificial insemination to work?
Some artificial insemination treatment processes may take up to a year to achieve positive results. The chances of conception can be improved through regular ovulation monitoring and starting the insemination process during the peak "fertile window" of the ovulation cycle.
Do I need to visit a fertility clinic for the artificial insemination process?
Both couples and single women should visit a fertility clinic if they are considering artificial insemination. However, the actual process may either be done in the clinic or at home with a special kit that provides the monitoring tools you may need.
The artificial insemination process need not be a medical mystery. The more you know and understand about the process, the better you will be able to weigh your options and choose the fertility treatment that's best for you. Contact our clinic today if you still have lingering questions or concerns about artificial insemination or other fertility treatment options.