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Artificial Insemination and Infertility Treatment

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Read about what is artificial insemination and how artificial insemination such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is used in the treatment of infertility. You can also read about the details of the procedure of artificial insemination for pregnancy along with the issues involved with artificial insemination. You will get all the answers for your doubts through this write up.

Now, treating infertility is not a difficult or impossible thing anymore. While consulting the doctor for infertility treatment then they must have suggested you with a technique called 'artificial treatment'. It is a method of treating infertility in which semen is directly inserted into women's cervix, fallopian tubes or in the uterus. And the common method is 'intrauterine insemination (IUI) where sperm is placed in uterus.

This method makes easy for the sperm to penetrate easily without any obstructions. Earlier, this method was limited to livestock but now has been adapted for human use.

Types of infertility treated by Artificial Insemination:

  • Male factor Infertility
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Female Infertility

This method is useful in treating many types of fertility problems.


If it is regarding male infertility, this technique is used when there is a low sperm count or if it is not strong enough to move through cervix and up into fallopian tubes.

In case of female infertility, this treatment is useful if the woman has a condition called endometriosis, unreceptive cervical mucus (when mucus around cervix doesn't let seminal fluid to get into uterus and fallopian tubes) or anything abnormal with reproductive organs.

What is the process of Artificial Insemination?

There are four types of artificial insemination:

1- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

2- Intracervical insemination (ICI)

3- Intrauterine tuboperitoneal insemination (IUTPI)

4- Intratubal insemination (ITI)

Procedure for Artificial Insemination

1- The physical examination: Both the partners will have to go through physical exam, which also include blood testing. The doctor will do sperm analysis where he will take a sperm sample from male partner. Then he will use this sperm for performing the artificial insemination procedure. The doctor might take few more sperm samples from more than one ejaculation in case of low sperm count.

2- Fertility drugs and then inspection: Before commencing the process, doctor might prescribe some fertility drugs or any injectable. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) will also be checked before the procedure for triggering the ovulation.
After this injection, the sperm should be inserted with 24-36 hours. You will be monitored through blood tests and ultrasounds to ensure healthy development of eggs.

1- Sperm preparation: Sample goes through special washing and processing process if IUI is performed. It involves

  • Concentration of sperm for increasing chances of pregnancy.
  • Prevention from possible allergic response to sperm.
  • Minimizes uterine cramping.

2- Inserting the sperm: The process is painless and quick. Sperm sample is prepared for insertion and speculum is inserted. Then with the help of thin catheter and syringe, the sperm is placed in the uterine. While in ICI, sperm is placed in vagina and deposited in cervix with soft catheter.

3- Rest: A sponge or cervical cap is placed in vagina for keeping the sperm near cervix once the procedure is done. You will be asked to lie down for 15 to 20 minutes, as it is believed that lying down after the process increases the chances of getting pregnant.

Artificial Insemination -Risks

There are few risks involved with this infertility treatment procedure:

  • If IUI is taken with fertility combination like gonadotropin then there are chances of multiple births (twins or triplets). Having multiple births can increase the complications like miscarriage or premature birth.
  • Fertility medication is also prescribed if endometriosis is the cause of infertility.
  • After taking combination of IUI and fertility medication, there are chances of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, which is swelling of women's ovaries. Symptoms are usually mild to moderate but can be serious sometimes.

The process won't work for every couple so in that situation other method is suggested is 'in vitro fertilization' either with your own eggs or with the donor eggs.


Hope in this article, you might have got all the answers for your queries regarding artificial insemination and its procedure. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal is an obstetrician, gynecologist and infertility specialist who is providing her valuable expertise in the field of gynecology and infertility issues. She ensures that the patients receive the required fertility treatments well on time. Dr. Kavita specializes in the treatments like High Risk Pregnancy Care, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Reproductive Medicine. Currently, she is practicing at Amit Jaggi Memorial Hospital, Vibhav Nagar, Agra.


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Simran Rana

I have PCOS. Can IUI process solve my infertility issue? Please suggest!

Oct. 11, 2018, 9:12 a.m. 5.0


Gopal Kumar

IUI is really a boon for the couples having infertility issues. But someone having major fertility issues should opt for IVF.

Oct. 9, 2018, 8:46 a.m. 4.5


Sobha Nag

I opt IUI treatment by the recommendation of my consultant. The insemination process was way easier than I thought with a fruitful result.

Aug. 12, 2018, 9:43 a.m. 5.0


Lalita Rao

Artificial insemination treatments are in great demand these days. Our gynecologist has recommended my sister-in-law to opt for IUI procedure, so that she can conceive successfully. Thanks for sharing the useful info!

May 31, 2018, 4:29 p.m. 5.0


Annasaheb Mane Patil

We never needed any such treatment in old times.

April 14, 2018, 8:51 a.m. 4.5

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