Artificial insemination (AI) is a fertility treatment option that involves placing sperm directly into a woman’s uterus to increase the chances of fertilisation.
At Sago IVF Team North Cyprus, this procedure is often recommended to couples who have been trying to conceive for a year or more without success, or for those with specific fertility issues.
WHEN IS ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION RECOMMENDED?
Artificial insemination may be recommended in the following cases:
- Unexplained infertility. If a couple has been trying to conceive for more than a year with no known fertility issues, artificial insemination may be recommended as a first step.
- Cervical factor infertility. In some cases, the woman’s cervix may produce mucus that is hostile to sperm or does not allow sperm to pass through, making it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilise the egg. Artificial insemination can bypass this issue by placing the sperm directly into the uterus.
- Low sperm count or poor sperm motility. If a man has a low sperm count or poor sperm motility, artificial insemination can increase the chances of fertilisation by placing a concentrated amount of sperm directly into the uterus.
- Issues with ovulation. Women who have issues with ovulation may benefit from artificial insemination by timing the procedure with ovulation induction medication.
STEPS BEFORE TREATMENT
Before undergoing artificial insemination, you will need to undergo some tests to determine the cause of your infertility. These may include:
- Semen analysis. The man will need to provide a semen sample to check the quality and quantity of sperm.
- Ovulation monitoring. The woman may undergo blood tests and ultrasounds to monitor ovulation.
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This is an X-ray test that checks for any blockages or abnormalities in the uterus or fallopian tubes.
DAY OF THE PROCEDURE?
On the day of the procedure, the male patient provides a fresh sperm sample at least two hours before the insemination procedure.
The sample is collected in a sterile container and sent for processing where potential proteins that can affect fertilisation are removed. Processing helps select active sperm cells and eliminate deformed, weak or non-motile sperm.
Insemination is a quick and painless procedure where a well-trained Sago Team physician inserts sperm cells near the female patient’s fallopian tubes. An advanced syringe is used to introduce the sperm into the woman’s uterus through the cervix, taking only a few minutes to complete.
The woman may experience mild cramping or spotting afterwards but can resume normal activities immediately.
After the procedure, the woman will be monitored for signs of pregnancy, a test will be taken approximately two weeks after to confirm whether the procedure was successful. If not, a couple may choose to undergo additional rounds of artificial insemination or consider other fertility treatment options.
Artificial insemination can be an effective and low-risk fertility treatment option for couples struggling to conceive. It is important to speak with a fertility specialist to determine if this is the best course of treatment for your specific fertility issues.
You can contact Sago IVF Team fertility clinic in North Cyprus now for a free consultation with one of our Patient Advisors.