Difficulty in conceiving a child is a common problem among couples. The good thing is that there are now solutions to this problem. One such solution is artificial insemination. This procedure has three types, find out more about these treatments below.
What is artificial insemination?
It is the procedure, that is used to treat infertility among humans, wherein the sperm is directly inserted through a woman’s cervix, into her uterus to achieve a pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse. Below we share the 3 common types of Artificial Insemination.
Intravaginal Insemination (IVI)
This is the least common artificial insemination procedure used by couples, where a semen specimen is taken from your partner or a donor. It is then placed in a sterile syringe and inserted into your vagina. The semen is then released around the cervix for easy passage through the uterus. IVI can be done in your own home or in a clinic.
This procedure is usually done when your partner has problems with sperm motility and ejaculation during intercourse. This is not recommended for women who have ovulation problems too.
This is an inexpensive treatment, especially if you want to do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. All you need to pay are the equipments to be used in the procedure. But there is only a slim chance that this procedure can effectively reverse your fertility problems.
Intracervical Insemination (ICI)
The ICI procedure is when a flexible catheter is inserted directly into the cervix. A syringe filled with the sperm is then attached at the end of the catheter. The semen is then released, giving the sperm more chances to fertilize an egg in the uterus or in the Fallopian tubes.
Among the artificial procedures, this one is the least expensive of all, making it one of the most common procedures chosen by couples. It is also highly successful compared to intrauterine insemination.
This is also done when the male partner has ejaculation problems and the woman has ovulation and cervical mucus problems.
Intratubal insemination (ITI)
This is an invasive insemination procedure that involves placing the sperm in one or both of the Fallopian tubes. This will help fertilizations a success since it does not require the sperm to travel through the cervix and the uterus anymore.
This ITI procedure is a much more expensive procedure compared to the rest. It is also a highly successful procedure.
Whatever artificial insemination procedures you intend to try, may it work for you to finally have that bundle of joy you have been waiting for. It does not matter how many times you have tried and failed, what matters is the blessing that is soon to be yours, with the help of your physician and your partner.