Artificial Insemination (AI)

Artificial Insemination (AI) is a form of fertility treatment whereby the male’s washed/prepared semen sample is deposited into the female’s reproductive tract to maximize the chance of the sperm meeting the egg without sexual intercourse. Artificial insemination is performed for individuals dealing with issues such as:

Mild male factor infertility
Unexplained infertility
Needing to use donor sperm to get pregnant
Insemination of washed sperm into uterus
There are two different artificial insemination procedures:

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
which is the most common today

Intracervical insemination (ICI)
also known as intravaginal insemination

For many infertile couples, IUI or ICI is less invasive and more affordable when compared to IVF or ICSI treatment. However, there are limitations to these techniques. Success rates for AI are expected to be lower than IVF or ICSI due to many factors, for example, age of the recipient, sperm quality, timing of the insemination and outcome of the ovarian stimulation.

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