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Insemination

Insemination is a simple and painless procedure that places healthy sperm inside the uterus and in close proximity to the egg, increasing a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. Our insemination specialists take great care in washing the sperm by separating the healthy, motile sperm from the rest of the semen specimen, and then placing this healthy sperm into the uterus so you or you and your spouse can begin your parenting journey. See if insemination is right for you by getting started with a fertility consultation today.

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Benefits of Insemination

Insemination benefits all types of people and couples trying to conceive by giving healthy and strong sperm a better chance of penetrating the egg as it travels down the fallopian tube. During regular intercourse when a woman is ovulating, tens of millions of sperm race from the vagina through the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tube in an attempt to meet the egg. Often, sperm die off before meeting the egg.

With insemination, the strongest and healthiest sperm are released into the woman’s uterus. The sperm has less distance to travel to reach the egg, which gives the sperm a better chance at success. Once the sperm and egg meet, fertilization, embryo development, and implantation can happen, and a woman’s pregnancy journey can begin.

Who Benefits?

Insemination can provide a variety of advantages and benefits for women and couples having trouble conceiving or struggling with infertility, as well as help single women and same-sex couples become pregnant using donated sperm.

Insemination is often a successful solution for men and women dealing with the following issues:

  • men with low sperm count
  • men with poor sperm motility (ability to move through the reproductive tract)
  • women with thick cervical mucus
  • women with ovulation issues
  • women with endometriosis
  • women with unexplained infertility

If you are experiencing any of these issues or would like to get tested, schedule your fertility consultation today.

How it Works

Artificial insemination is a short and relatively painless procedure. The washed sperm is placed in a thin tube called a catheter and guided through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. Cramping may occur during the procedure and some spotting may take place afterwards.

Success rates for artificial insemination vary. Here are a few reasons why chances might be lower:

  • if a woman is older in age
  • if egg or sperm quality is poor
  • in severe cases of endometriosis
  • damage to fallopian tubes have occurred, usually from long-term infection
  • fallopian tubes are blocked, in which case insemination will not work
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