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Artificial Insemination: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Artificial Insemination? How is the Artificial Insemination treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Artificial Insemination?

Artificial Insemination refers to the medical procedure of injecting semen into a woman’s uterus or cervix. It is an advanced form of fertility treatment which involves the use of a flexible, thin tube known as catheter to inject the donor sperm into a woman’s uterus. Before the procedure, washing the sperm in the lab helps remove chemicals in the semen and increases the chance of getting pregnant. There are two primary procedures of artificial insemination- intracervical insemination and intrauterine insemination.

Intracervical Insemination- it is one of the most commonly used and relatively quick procedure that places the donor sperm directly into the cervix, increasing the chances that sperm will make its way through fallopian tubes and uterus where it can fertilize the eggs. This procedure is painless and less costly than intrauterine insemination.

Intrauterine Insemination- it is the most commonly used and effective procedure to deal with the problem of infertility. Intrauterine insemination along with ovarian stimulation deposits sperm in the fallopian tubes and initiates high chances for a successful fertilization.

How is the Artificial Insemination treatment done?

Artificial insemination treatment includes the following steps: You will initially have to undergo a number of tests including ultrasound scan to determine the size of your egg follicles to see if they will produce mature eggs. The doctor will recommend fertility drugs in order to stimulate ovulation. These drugs are usually prescribed at the start of your menstrual cycle since it is the most appropriate time to stimulate the ovaries into producing mature eggs. An injection of Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) will help in the process of ovulation and stimulation. Blood tests and ultrasound will monitor the growth of the follicles to check oestrogen levels which is responsible for the development and growth of the eggs. The sperm must be injected at the time of ovulation to achieve best possible results. The next stage is to insert the sperm into the uterus. The doctor will place a speculum inside the vagina which will allow access to your cervix. The sperm finally enters your uterus through a thin tube called catheter. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is monitored with the help of ultrasound scans and pregnancy tests.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Those who seek help for infertility and are unable to conceive are eligible for the treatment of artificial insemination.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Anybody who does not face issues related to infertility do not need to undergo this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

The side effects of artificial insemination treatment includes uterine cramps, infection, transmission of venereal diseases from the donor sperm, and multiple pregnancies. In rare occasions the person undergoing the treatment may experience Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome which causes the ovaries to enlarge in size as a result of fertility medication.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no specific guidelines to follow after the treatment. The procedure hardly takes 30 minutes, after which you may continue with your usual activities.

How long does it take to recover?

Artificial insemination does not take time to recover from. It is a one-time procedure which takes about half an hour, after which the patient is allowed to carry on with her usual activities.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of treatment for artificial insemination roughly ranges from Rs.20,000- Rs.30,000

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of artificial insemination are usually permanent where the success rates for getting pregnant are normally high. However, in some cases the treatment may yield no result, in case of which the factors leading to an unsuccessful attempt may be analyzed again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no such alternatives to this treatment.

Popular Questions & Answers

I heard about artificial insemination recommended for couple who can not have intercourse because of pain felt by female partner. So I just wanna ask about the success rate, expenditure n money involved in this procedure.

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I am 33 years and I did an artificial insemination and on the 13th day I did blood pregnancy tests and I got a negative but later the day started spotting. is it normal?

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Spotting is normal but after insemination of 13 day if test is negative I think you should consult your gynaecologist so that you know that insemination is successful or not.

Hi, my wife is 31 yrs old, we are trying since last 5 years for a baby but could not succeeded. Even we tried artificial insemination but no luck. Now doctor told that there is a fabriod in uterus of size 4cms so we should remove it. Does fabriod could cause infertility issues?

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Fibroid rarely causes infertility. Artificial insemination one cycle has success rate of only 25%. So, it al depends how many cycles you have done.
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