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Artificial insemination & IVF benefits, risks

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What is an Artificial insemination & IVF benefit, risks? -Artificial insemination is a technique used to help in certain kinds of infertility in both men and women. It is a procedure where the male’s sperm is inserted into a women’s cervix, fallopian tubes or uterus. By entering the sperm directly it makes the trip shorter from the sperm and bypasses any possible obstructions. Intrauterine insemination is a procedure where the sperm is placed in the uterus and it is the most common form of artificial insemination. This is a technique that has a key advantage which is the simplicity of this procedure with few side effects. Because of this your doctor may recommend it as an initial form of treatment for infertility.
For what type of infertility can artificial insemination be recommended?
The artificial insemination is very popular and it can be recommended for various fertility problems. It is more popular to those men that have very low sperm counts or sperm that isn’t strong enough to swim through the cervix and up into the fallopian tubes. It is also recommended for women who have endometriosis or other abnormalities of their reproductive organs. It is considered that women with unreceptive cervical mucus are also good candidates for artificial insemination. The mucus that surrounds the cervix can prevent the sperm from getting into the uterus and fallopian tubes. With the artificial insemination you can allow the sperm to skip the cervical mucus entirely. There are cases when doctors can’t determine the reason of why the couple is infertile and in that cases they recommend the artificial insemination to be their first step for getting pregnant.
Expectations…
Before the artificial insemination starts in order to make sure if you are ovulating your doctor will use ovulation kits, ultrasound or blood test. If the test is confirmed your partner will be asked to produce a sample of semen (he will have to abstain from sex two to five days, it is to ensure a higher sperm count). For those that live in the clinic’s neighborhood, they can collect the sample home by masturbating. If you are not, you will be provided a private room for this purpose. The provided sperm is “washed” within one hour of ejaculation. After they have washed the sperm in a laboratory, the sperm can be placed in a thin tube called catheter and this tube has to be placed through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. This procedure is painless and takes only few minutes. After the procedure the woman has to lie down 15-45 minutes to give the sperm a chance to work.
The success rate, benefits, and risks from the artificial insemination can vary. However there are factors that can decrease your chance of success such as:
• The ager of the women- older age woman, lees chances of success
• Poor egg quality
• Poor sperm quality
• Endometriosis
• Damaged fallopian tubes (it is usually from a chronic infection)
• Blocked fallopian tubes

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