Artificial insemination is one of the simplest and least invasive methods for overcoming some causes of infertility. As fertility experts with years of experience, the doctors at New York Fertility Institute carefully evaluate your medical history and perform in-depth testing onsite to identify the cause of your infertility and determine if artificial insemination is the best option for you. To learn more about your infertility treatment options or to schedule a fertility evaluation, call the New York City office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, or schedule an appointment online today.
Artificial insemination increases your chance of becoming pregnant by placing a large number of healthy sperm in the reproductive tract. There are two types of artificial insemination:
During IUI, sperm placement occurs in your uterus near the fallopian tube openings. IUI gives sperm a significant assist because they only need to travel a short distance into the fallopian tube to fertilize an egg. The team at New York Fertility Institute achieves high success rates when they combine IUI with ovarian stimulation.
During ICI, sperm placement is inside the vagina near the cervix. This procedure may be considered when your cervix is healthy, and sperm can move well enough to get through the cervix and uterus and into the fallopian tubes. While ICI is appropriate for some patients and less expensive than IUI, IUI is a more reliable procedure.
When performing artificial insemination, the doctors at New York Fertility Institute primarily use IUI. This type of artificial insemination is an option when infertility is caused by:
By comparison, you can’t have ICI if you have a cervix problem. You’re not a good candidate for IUI or ICI if you have fallopian tube damage.
The most common AI technique used today by our fertility doctors is often intrauterine insemination (IUI). IUI offers certain advantages over ICI. This procedure is considered one of the least invasive, alongside fertility drugs.
Your artificial insemination must be perfectly timed with ovulation. You may take medications to stimulate egg growth and ovulation or wait for eggs to mature during your natural monthly cycle. In both methods, your menstrual cycle is closely monitored with ovulation kits, ultrasound, and blood tests to ensure that your New York Fertility Institute doctor implants the sperm at the time you ovulate.
When it’s time for your insemination, you can use your partner’s sperm or donor sperm. After the sperm sample is ready, it goes through a procedure called sperm washing. During sperm washing, the separation of sperm from semen occurs, as well as the removal of non-motile sperm and the elimination of any chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction in your uterus.
Your New York Fertility Institute doctor places the sperm into a syringe attached to a long, thin catheter. Then the catheter is guided through your vagina to release the sperm near your cervix, or through the cervix and into your uterus for IUI.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for artificial insemination, call New York Fertility Institute or schedule an appointment online.