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Artificial Insemination At Home
What are my chances of pregnancy using home artificial insemination during fertil/ovulation period?
Artificial insemination is the insertion of sperm directly inside the uterine cavity. This is performed by passing a tiny catheter through the cervical canal and into the uterine cavity. Semen is typically washed prior to the procedure. This procedure is also referred to as ...Read more
Sperm into uterus: Iui is process of putting prepared sperm in the uterine cavity. Used to treat poor mucus, mild male factor, unexplained infertility-ui, single women or lesbians and sometimes when couple cannot have sex themselves. It works but less than natural intercourse in fertile couples. Often we add superovulation. Works best when ui and normal tests. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies!: Insemination, or iui, has success rates that will vary a lot according to such factors as the woman's age, presence of endometriosis, and quantity/quality of sperm being inseminated. Also, some women do "natural cycle" IUI (no drugs), while others use fertility drugs. The success rates average about 10% per attempt (no drugs) and up to 25-30% per cycle with meds. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: With infertility, an insemination is useful with unexplained infertility or when there is mild male factor infertility (mild abnormalities on semen analysis). If you have irregular periods and ovulation pills don't get you pregnant, then it is reasonable to add in IUI as well. ...Read more
Some religions: Most of the world faiths don't have a problem with this, but some religious leaders try to make a problem out of this for their own reasons. You're free to ignore them; if your religion prohibits it but it's the right thing for you, just don't tell them. I'm all for people doing what they wish if they don't hurt anybody. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Simple: The sperm is washed and prepared in advance to so that any chemicals in the fluid around the sperm are removed. Then the sperm is placed in a small catheter and that catheter is placed into the cervix through a speculum. This is done in the office and usually takes about 2 minutes or less. The cost is variable to each practice but likely averages about $500. ...Read more
Uncertain: If you are talking about using a sperm donor--- then in most states until you are officially divorced your husband will be considered the father of the child. Most rei clinics will not use donor sperm in this case without your soon to be ex-husband's permission or until the divorce is final. ...Read more
Insemination: That is easy - just look for a reproductive endocrinologist in your area, use google. Also you can ask your regular gyn doctor to recommend one. Set up an appointment and they will walk you through it. Good luck! ...Read more
AKA IUI: Artificial insemination is the insertion of sperm directly inside the uterine cavity. This is performed by passing a tiny catheter through the cervical canal and into the uterine cavity. Semen is typically washed prior to the procedure. This procedure is also referred to as intrauterine insemination or iui. ...Read more
Partner vs. donor: For simplicity, may i assume here you mean anonymous donor insemination? If so, 'no!' - so long as the woman and her partner (if she has one) are fully informed and reach a comfort level beforehand. I'm certain couples will have occasional questions and mixed emotions during a lifetime, but significant regret is really uncommon. ...Read more
Variable: That varies. Most patients do not undergo 12 attempts anymore, the price could range from 300-800 per attempt. It really depends on the situation and whether you are having monitoring with ultrasound as well. ...Read more
Generally similar: 1. Multiple pregnancy is the main risk if ovarian stimulation is used leading to preterm labor and its complications. 2. No evidence that birth defects is increased over those women of similar age. 3. Psychological: limited research indicates that they are generally not different that children conceived naturally. ...Read more
My wife has health issues and artificial insemination is our only option. Is there a less expensive way?
Probably not: The only fertility treatment less expensive than artificial insemination is using fertility drugs without IUI or using Clomid (clomiphene) instead of injectable drugs for the insemination. You would have to check with with your fertility doctor to see if these are even appropriate in your case. ...Read more
Artificial insemination for a single women? What happened with the first kids? They must be around 20 now.
Depends on Dr.: I have never had a problem doing this, but some physicians may have ethical concerns. I have done this for several lesbian couples over the years. ...Read more
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