It can be overwhelming trying to navigate the world of fertility treatments, especially in light of the emotional toll it can take just coming to terms with having fertility problems. To be sure, you shouldn’t lose hope. Chances are good there is a solution out there for you that will allow you to have the family you’ve always wanted. It’s really a matter of determining which one will work best for your individual situation. In order to know, you’ll need to see a doctor that is a fertility specialist. The process of determining the root cause of your infertility needs to be thorough as it could be female related or male related. In fact, many infertility issues are malefactor in nature, particularly regarding sperm quality. One solution for this problem is intrauterine insemination. Intrauterine insemination is just one of the many fertility treatments available to you. Here is what you need to know about the process.
First, it’s important to identify what malefactor issues actually are. Typically, they involve sperm quality or motility. Many men are familiar with the concept of low sperm count, as it affects more men than you might think. There is also the question of sperm speed and whether or not it’s able to successfully travel to fertilize an egg. In some instances, the sperm may also be damaged at the DNA level, rendering it unable to cause successful fertilization or eventually terminate in a miscarriage.
Who is a good candidate for intrauterine insemination?
Intrauterine insemination can be the right solution for many malefactor issues, though it won’t correct damaged sperm. It’s ideal for men suffering with low sperm count or those with motility issues as it allows them to bypass the “obstacles” causing issues, such as being unable to reach the egg for fertilization. Intrauterine insemination may also be used in cases where there are hostile conditions like cervical mucus, cervical scar tissue, or if the male is suffering with ejaculation dysfunction. Your doctor will go over what the best use cases are for this procedure.
What intrauterine insemination is
The reason why intrauterine insemination is most often used for couples where the male is experiencing sperm quality or motility issues is because it essentially deposits the sperm right where it should be, negating many of the variables that can cause the pregnancy to fail. During intrauterine insemination, sperm is washed in order to concentrate and activate the cells. It is then placed into the uterus during the time of ovulation. It’s actually quite an easy and simple solution that takes a short amount of time. Here is how intrauterine insemination is performed.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure itself is actually quite simple and doesn’t take long, however there are some preparation steps that need to be taken before it can be performed. The woman may need to begin fertility medication in order to properly prepare for the insemination. It’s preferable if ovulation is enhanced so that there is a more receptive environment for the embryo once fertilized. Then the sperm samples will be collected from the male. The sperm is separated from the seminal fluid and goes through the washing process in order to optimize it for pregnancy. Once the egg is in its most fertile state, the sperm is introduced directly into the uterus via a soft catheter. A pregnancy test can then be administered in two weeks to determine if the procedure was a success.
How successful is the procedure?
Intrauterine insemination is delivered in such a way as to maximize the chances of success. Sperm cells are concentrated and ovulation is enhanced to ensure fertilization is more likely. The sperm cells themselves are placed close to the egg to minimize travel distance or time. With all this in mind, the success rate for intrauterine insemination is generally about 15-20%.
There are a wide variety of fertility treatments available to address nearly every specific cause of infertility. Intrauterine insemination is just one of the ways your doctor can help you bypass whatever issue is making it difficult for you to conceive naturally. Because either parent can be experiencing issue rendering them infertile, it’s important that your doctor performs a full medical history on each partner in order to determine the likely cause of your fertility issues. Only then can a treatment recommendation be made. If you’ve been trying to conceive for over a year with poor results, it may be time to consider fertility treatment. Book an appointment online with us today. Dr. Sepilian and his team are dedicated to providing you with the cutting-edge treatments you need so you can expand your family and lead a happy life.