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Insemination: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Insemination?

Couples may often be unable to achieve or sustain pregnancies naturally. This may be due to low sperm count in the male partner or some other reasons. In such a case, partners often opt for a treatment known as insemination or artificial insemination. In this method, the male partner’s sperm sample is artificially introduced into the women partner’s egg, in order to fertilize it. However, if the male partner is infertile or if there is no male partner (in case of a single woman), doctors will inseminate the woman with the sperm sample from a donor.

Insemination can be performed through various methods, but the intrauterine insemination or IUI procedure is the most dependable. Mostly, couples, who may be able to produce healthy eggs and sperms, but are unable to have intercourse, use this treatment.

How is the Insemination treatment done?

Insemination is divided into four parts, namely, intrauterine insemination, intrauterine tuboperitoneal insemination, intracervical insemination and intratubal insemination. However, the intrauterine insemination or IUI is the most dependable and commonly used procedure for insemination.

If the male partner’s sperm cannot be used, doctors will take the sperm from a donor. In such a case, a sample will be chosen from the sperm bank and thawed out after removal the refrigeration unit. The cryprotectant mixed with the sperm sample, will help thaw it out. The sample is then cleared off any impurities that can adversely affect the fertilization process.

In case of the IUI procedure, a catheter tube is used to inject the sperm sample inside the woman’s uterus. This is usually done a couple of weeks after the woman undergoes her monthly period, which is also the time when she ovulates and is at the most fertile state. Such a timeline is followed to increase the overall chances of fertilization.

This entire process of insemination is known as a cycle of the treatment. Usually, a person woman may need to undergo anywhere between 3-5 cycles of the same in order to have the maximum chance of conceiving.

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

Insemination is a viable treatment for any woman who has been experiencing difficulty conceiving a pregnancy. If a couple have been actively and unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for a year or more, they may opt for artificial insemination. Furthermore, a single woman looking to get pregnant may also opt for the same procedure and conceive using the sperm sample from a donor.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If the difficulty conceiving is due to the fact that the woman has infertility issues, then insemination alone will not be able to rectify the problem. In such a case, the woman may need to undergo treatment procedures for infertility.

Furthermore, if pregnancy can be achieved naturally, artificial insemination will not be required and such people do not qualify for the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Insemination does involve certain risks, which include multiple births. This only occurs when the insemination is performed at the same time as taking fertility medication. A birth of twins or triplets drastically increases the risk of congenital diseases in the children.

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or OHSS is another side effect that may affect some women undergoing the insemination procedure. In this disorder, the ovaries swell up. It only occurs in case of IUI procedure. Even though the disease is mostly mild, it can sometimes lead to severe complications.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

If the treatment is successful, the woman will need to follow the same precautions and quality of life that is expected from pregnant people. For instance, after the treatment, women should stop drinking completely and should also avoid smoking. Furthermore, women should also follow a proper diet plan after consulting with a nutritionist.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Each cycle for the insemination will cost anywhere between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000. However, the entire cost of the treatment varies from one person to the next, depending on the number of cycle required, in order for successful fertilization.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

If pregnancy is achieved, the insemination treatment is considered to be a success. However, even in case of successful pregnancies, sustaining it properly can be a challenge. There is always a chance that the pregnancy may get terminated due to complications.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

People who do not want to opt for artificial insemination can try out in-vitro fertilization. In this procedure a woman’s egg is extracted from the body and fertilized with a sperm sample in a lab. Once the egg is fertilized, it is once again implanted inside the woman’s womb, where it starts to develop like any normal pregnancy would.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time for Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 1,20,000

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Popular Questions & Answers

Can iui be done at home by collecting semen in a flask and inserting it with a syringe without needle. Also can semen be collected at home for iui treatment at hospital.

Hello, The answer is no as it is a preached sample for IUI and not just direct ejaculate . Also the sample should reach the lab within 30 min even if taken at home.

Im 30y married life 6 years im planning for my second iui. What are the precautions to be taken after iui and what are the general medication used after iui? Which foods we have to avoid and which foods should eat more? Please give your valuable suggestion doctor.

Which foods we have to avoid and which foods should eat more?"- nothing special "what are the precautions to be taken after iui and what are the general medication used after iui? - treating gynecologist will advise.
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I am ttc from past 7 years I have done with my first iui what about the success rate? I'm prescribed with medicines like susten 200 tablet, estrabet 2 mg and duphaston 10 mg after my iui. Are those helpful. My Dr. told me to come after a week for scan. Can I get result of iui on that day.

Thanks for enquiry. From the day of iui 14th day please to check serum bhcg which is blood test. Helps to figure out whether pregnancy is there or not. Success rate 18-22 percent.
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Hi, Follicle size is 28 mm*22 mm on day 12 of my cycle. Was given a trigger shot on day 13. Can I try iui this month? Is the follicle size good for positive result.

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Table of Content

What is the Insemination?
How is the 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?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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