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Understanding the Different Types of Artificial Insemination

If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant without success, you should know about the fertility benefits of artificial insemination. Artificial insemination is also a great choice for LGBT partners who want to get pregnant.

At the New York Fertility Institute, our team of LGBT-friendly fertility doctors, led by Dr. Khalid Sultan and Dr. Majid Fateh, have a long track record of success helping patients of all orientations achieve healthy pregnancies. Here’s what we want our new and existing patients at our Upper East Side Manhattan clinic to know about our artificial insemination offerings.

What is artificial insemination?

Artificial insemination is one of the least invasive treatments available for infertility, and can also be used to start pregnancies for same-sex partners who cannot conceive together.

Artificial insemination introduces a large number of healthy sperm into your or your partner’s reproductive tract, encouraging fertilization of an egg. The fertilized egg then needs to attach in the carrier’s uterus to develop into a healthy embryo and, eventually, baby.

Types of artificial insemination

Depending on your reproductive health care needs, the team at New York Fertility Institute can use several types of artificial insemination to help you conceive.

Intracervical insemination (ICI) could be the right option for you if the carrier has a healthy cervix. In this procedure, we place healthy sperm inside the vagina, near the cervix. Sperm can then travel through the cervix and uterus and into the fallopian tubes, where they can fertilize an egg.

If you need more assistance to achieve conception and pregnancy due to male or female infertility, intrauterine insemination (IUI) may be able to help. In IUI, we place sperm near the fallopian tube openings in your uterus. Sperm thus only need to travel a short distance to fertilize an egg. We can also combine IUI with ovarian stimulation, for a better chance of a positive result.

The reproductive support your need

Dr. Sultan and Dr. Fateh can help you and your expanding family decide which artificial insemination option is right for you. ICI is overall less expensive than IUI, but isn’t a good option for people with cervical or fallopian tube damage. You can use your partner’s sperm or donor sperm for either option.

IUI is the more reliable procedure, giving you a greater chance of successfully conceiving. If your fertility problems are due to issues like low sperm count, decreased sperm motility, or issues with cervical mucus, cervical scarring, or structural blockages preventing sperm from meeting an egg, IUI has a good chance of helping you.

Whichever option you choose, the expertise and support of the team at New York Fertility Institute guide you through the process. Timing is key for artificial insemination, as you need to synchronize your procedure with ovulation and your fertile window. That’s why you need expert support as you and your family undergo assisted reproduction.

To learn more about your artificial insemination options through the New York Fertility Institute, contact our New York City, New York offices now. Book your appointment over the phone, or use the online tool to schedule.

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