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With today's ovulation kits, why is artificial insemination still needed?

With today's ovulation kits, why is artificial insemination still needed?

Different problems: Insemination is used to treat low or poor quality sperm counts in a male partner, or to provide sperm for women without partners. Ovulation kits predict timing of ovulation: they do not treat the same problems. ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Smith
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Artificial Insemination (Definition)

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


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What are artificial insemination success rates?

What are artificial insemination success rates?

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

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When should a couple consider artificial insemination?

When should a couple consider artificial insemination?

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

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Why is it artificial insemination become controversial?

Why is it artificial insemination become controversial?

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 more

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Is artificial insemination a solution for me if divorcing?

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

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Is artificial insemination a costly decision?

That depends: On what you consider costly and whether/what your insurance benefit (if any) is. You should contact local doctors who can help you if prices are a big factor for you. ...Read more

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Would artificial insemination work if you have cercicitis?

Would artificial insemination work if you have cercicitis?

Yes: In someone with cervicitis in the past insemination can work. However they should have their tubes evaluated to make sure the infection in the cervix did not damage the tubes. However, no woman should have an insemination while they have active infection in the cervix. ...Read more

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Can you get infections through artificial insemination?

Can you get infections through artificial insemination?

Rare but possible: If there's signs of a male bacterial infection, with infection-fighting white blood cells in the sperm (pyospermia) we would not use that specimen for an intrauterine insemination or IUI as we might spread infection to the uterus or tubes. Viral infections like hepatitis b, hep. C, and HIV can be transmitted by sperm, so sperm donors are tested. Washing the sperm for IUI doesn't remove all virus. ...Read more