Thе Whats, Whуѕ, and Whеrеfоrеѕ оf Artіfісіаl Inѕеmіnаtіоn

Thе Whats, Whуѕ, and Whеrеfоrеѕ оf Artіfісіаl Inѕеmіnаtіоn


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Artificial insemination is a common fertility treatment that has been used with some success in helping women to become pregnant through non-traditional methods. The definition of artificial insemination is the introduction of sperm into the uterine cavity or cervix to achieve intercourse without sexual intercourse. The process has been used by single women who want a child through donor sperm, and also by couples who have been unsuccessful at conceiving naturally.  


Artificial insemination in a clinical setting has been used in the hopes of creating a pregnancy in women since the 1800s. You could say that those were the first fertility clinics and the original “test tube” babies. These days, you may find women who are trying to artificially inseminate themselves at home without visiting a specialist or clinic. It may surprise you to know that you can even buy insemination kits online for home use.  


So, who might be trying to inseminate themselves at home? There are actually many people who try using artificial insemination techniques at home. Couples who are unable to afford other fertility methods and lesbian couples have been known to use artificial insemination techniques in the privacy of their own homes. Couples may use the male’s sperm or they may seek out a donor just as a lesbian couple might. Believe it or not, there are actually websites, chat rooms, and social media pages for people who are seeking a sperm donor for artificial insemination.  


There are, of course, many couples and single women who choose to use artificial insemination in a more traditional manner at a fertility clinic. If you use artificial insemination at a fertility clinic, there are a few different ways that the process may be completed, depending on your specialist and your specific fertility needs.  


Intrauterine insemination is one form of clinical artificial insemination. The woman will likely be given fertility medications to increase the number of eggs produced and also to predict when ovulation will occur. The sperm that is being used is washed to rinse away seminal fluid so that only the sperm is left. The sperm is then warmed and injected directly into the uterus. This method might be used when the sperm has low motility (difficulty swimming), a hostile cervix, disease of the fallopian tubes, or in women with severe endometriosis, or a history of pelvic infections.  

Intratubal insemination is another method of clinical artificial insemination. Intratubal insemination procedures are not performed often due to varying success rates and potential injury to the woman receiving it. With intratubal insemination, the pre-washed and warmed sperm is injected directly into the fallopian tubes.  


In vitro fertilization is the final method of clinical artificial insemination. In this method, the eggs are retrieved from the intended mother and placed in a growing medium where they are then fertilized by a single sperm. After a couple of days, if the eggs have been fertilized and started growing multiple cells, they will then be implanted back into the uterus of the intended mother.  


All of these methods of artificial insemination have worked for some women, so you should discuss with your fertility doctor which of these options might be best for your needs. If you have made the decision to attempt artificial insemination on your own, please use your best judgment and take safety precautions if you are searching the internet to accomplish the insemination.  

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