Book an Appointment
+91-7899912611
fertility treatments

Intracervical Insemination (ICI)

  • 4.7 (5 Votes)
  • 229741 views

Intracervical Insemination (ICI) is an artificial insemination procedure in which sperms from the male partner are inserted into the cervix of the female partner with help of catheter and speculum. The procedure takes only 10 minutes. Intracervical insemination is not only cost-effective but also painless as compared to IUI.

Intracervical Insemination procedure is a type of Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART) utilized for the couples having infertility issues. During this treatment, semen retrieved from the male partner is injected into the cervix of the female partner. But, the semen sample received from the male partner is not used as it is. It is first washed in the laboratory and then selected sperms are injected into the cervix of the female. The sperms swim through the fallopian tubes and reach the eggs for successful fertilization and formation of the embryo. There are certain advantages and risks, which revolve around ICI treatment. You can find them out in this article and utilize the information for your intracervical insemination procedure.

What is the procedure of Intracervical Insemination?

The Intracervical insemination process comprises of a series of steps, which are followed for the successful completion of this fertility treatment and achievement of the desired results.

The procedure of intracervical insemination is performed around the timing of ovulation of the concerned female partner. Timely tests are done and once the LH (Luteinizing Hormone) surges, it indicates the best time for the successful insemination and occurrence of pregnancy.

1. It takes around 10-15 minutes for the completion of the Intracervical Insemination procedure.

2. A speculum (instrument for widening the vagina and accessing the cervix) is inserted into the vagina of the patient.

3. Once the speculum is placed and inserted properly, a fine tube known as a catheter is inserted through the speculum till it reaches the cervix of the patient.

4. This catheter has a syringe at the end that enters into the cervix of the patient.

5. Sperm sample is injected into the catheter and comes out from the syringe in the cervix.

Sperm is injected

6. In order to prevent leakage of sperm sample out of the cervix, a small soft sponge cap is placed inside the cervix. This is removed 6 hours after the completion of the procedure.

7. This completes the procedure of Intracervical Insemination treatment. Patient is asked to rest for around an hour in the hospital and later discharged according to the opinion of doctor.

The ICI procedure does not involve any major discomfort or pain. But, if you suffer from any kind of discomfort or pain, then contact your fertility specialist or gynecologist immediately without any delay.

If you have already undergone fertility treatment and are waiting for your results, then keep yourself equipped with Best Urine Pregnancy Test Kits.

What are the costs of Intracervical Insemination treatment?

The cost of ICI treatment depends on various factors like clinic, success rates of intracervical insemination treatment and amount of medicines used.

Treatment

Success Rate

Minimum (Rs.)

(Maximum Rs.)

Intracervical Insemination (ICI)

Fair

4,000

14,000

Intracervical Insemination (ICI)

Good

12,000

29,000

Intracervical Insemination (ICI)

High

25,000

39,000

What are the advantages of Intracervical Insemination treatment?

Intracervical insemination procedure costs vary with the above-mentioned factors along with the success rates of the respective fertility treatment. The Intracervical insemination procedures with fair success rates cost from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 14,000. Then, the ICI treatments, which provide good success rates, cost between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 29,000. If you want to make sure that there are high chances of occurrence of successful pregnancy, then you can opt for the ICI treatments with high success rates. This costs between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 39,000. You can refer to these rates of the Intracervical Insemination procedure and accordingly proceed further.

When a couple opts for fertility treatment, then one of the first questions which pops up in the mind is the list of advantages which they will receive with the help of the chosen treatment. So, if you have planned for opting Intracervical Insemination, then you need to check out the following advantages of ICI treatment.

1. Less Complicated

It is less complicated than other fertility treatments like IVF and surrogacy. Patients do not face any major emotional and physical stress during Intracervical Insemination treatment.

2. Painless

Intracervical insemination treatment is a painless treatment. This ensures that the patients do not suffer from pain, which usually occurs in most of the medical procedures.

painless intracervical insemination treatment

3. Fast completing procedure

This procedure is quicker and gets completed faster than other artificial insemination techniques. It takes around 10-15 minutes for the completion of ICI procedure.

4. Improved success rates

Intracervical insemination has better success rates than other types of insemination procedures. This makes ICI treatment as one of the recommended and affordable insemination techniques among the fertility treatments for couples.

5. Usage of Improved semen quality

Only good quality semen is used in this procedure and this is prioritized before the commencement of the main procedure. If you are opting for the intracervical insemination, then you need to know that only good quality sperms are being used for the increased success of Intracervical Insemination.

6. Useful in absence of male partner

It is useful for the lesbian couples and single woman individuals who want to have their babies with the assistance of donor sperms.

You can also read our informational conception guide on the same sex couples. If you are impressed with the advantages of Intracervical Insemination treatment, then you can opt for this fertility treatment for a successful pregnancy.

What are the risks of Intracervical Insemination?

Every medical procedure has certain risks and side effects associated with it. Intracervical Insemination also has some risks, which need to be taken into consideration before opting for the procedure.

1. Infection

There are increased chances of occurrence of infection due to the utilization of speculum and catheter. The infection chances can also increase, if proper monitoring and care are not taken before starting with the procedure.

2. Multiple Births

The chances of occurrence of multiple pregnancies/births rise to a considerable extent, when pregnancies occur with IntracervicalInsemination. Therefore, if you are undergoing intracervical insemination and not planning for twins or triplets, then you need to be careful regarding this.Multiple births

3. Miscarriages

Miscarriages occur in one fifth of the pregnancy cases, which get successful with the help of intracervical insemination procedure. You need to discuss with your gynecologist to avoid miscarriages.

4. Ectopic Pregnancy

As per one of the latest researches, ectopic pregnancy occurs in at least 4 out of 100 women. In this type of pregnancy, the implantation of the embryo occurs outside the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy is risky for the child as well as mother. Such pregnancies usually do not lead to the successful birth of a baby. So, you need to keep this in mind before opting for an intracervical insemination procedure and consult with your gynecologist for precautions concerning your treatment.

In this way, there are various aspects of intracervical insemination which need to be considered before commencing with the intracervical insemination procedure. You can find more information regarding artificial insemination techniques at Elawoman blog. For further queries, feel free to contact us at +917899912611.

Dr. Sunil Eshwar

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Bangalore

Dr. Sunil Eshwar is an Infertility specialist who is presently specializing in laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies and infertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Dr. Sunil Eshwar completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2000 and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in 2004. Later, he completed DNB from National Board of Examination in 2006. Dr. Sunil Eshwar is currently practicing at Apollo Fertility, Brookfield, Bangalore. For more information about Dr. Sunil Eshwar, visit elawoman.com

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

  1. All you want to know about cervix and cervical position cervix, Elawoman - 2017
  2. Best urine pregnancy test kits in india Best Urine Pregnancy Test Kits, Elawoman - 2018
  3. Treatments used for infertility issues in couples fertility treatment, Elawoman - 2017
  4. A conception guide for same sex couples same sex couples, Elawoman - 2017
  5. Artificial insemination and infertility treatment artificial insemination techniques, Elawoman - 2017

5 Comments

user_img

Shubham Gupta

Informative article, Thanks for sharing!

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

user_img

Jyoti Gupta

ICI was recommended to me by my friends and it was really successful one to go for.

Oct. 7, 2018, 2:35 p.m. 4.5

user_img

Deepika Singh

Can we have embryo reduction technique along with ICI to reduce multiple births? Is it safe or high miscarriage chance occurs?

Sept. 2, 2018, 5:01 p.m. 4.5

user_img

Swastika Pathak

I always heard of IUI and its complications. But ICI seems to be more effective and economical process. Thanks for sharing knowledge.

Aug. 19, 2018, 5:52 p.m. 5.0

user_img

Shamkant Raghunath

Thanks for the useful info. We will definitely utilize these modern treatments.

May 29, 2018, 8:39 p.m. 4.5

View all comments

Leave a Comment

Rating

Disclaimer

The information displayed on this webpage covers general information on several medical conditions, fertility treatments, IVF ICSI, surrogacy procedure, home remedies, and their respective treatments. The exclusive purpose of the displayed information is for the sake of general understanding and it has been collected from open sources which heavily rely on research and laboratory tests. However, the information shared here should not be considered as a medical advice or an alternative to consultation with a registered medical practitioner or licensed healthcare professional.

It is not advised to self-diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease following the information given in this article. We insist you to consult a registered practitioner and never try to replace their advice or discontinue treatment in between by relying solely on the information obtained. External links to different websites as well as videos given on the website serve the purpose of sharing knowledge only. Ela being an Independent Medical Information platform is neither responsible nor guarantees the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of these videos and websites in any way. We do not intend the information displayed here to be used for a medical emergency, if you seek medical attention for yourself (or any other person with whom you want to share the information with), we advise you to directly get in touch with the hospital or the doctor.

Related Article view all

Fertility Treatments
Advantages and Disadvantages of ZIFT
Dr. Mukta Kapila
Dr. Mukta Kapila 4.5 (1 Votes)

Advantages and Disadvantages of ZIFT

Termed as the modified version of IVF, Zygote IntraFallopian Transfer (ZIFT) is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) method, used in cases where blocked fallopian tube/s make it impossible for sperm to reach egg for fertilization. Know more about ZIFT process, its cost and advantages.

Read More

Fertility Treatments
Embryo Freezing, Embryo Cryopreservation and Thawing Process
Dr. Neha Gupta
Dr. Neha Gupta 4.5 (1 Votes)

Embryo Freezing, Embryo Cryopreservation and Thawing Process

Embryo freezing is a process that allows an embryo to be frozen for a specific period for future pregnancy. Enhance your understanding on processes of Slow Programmable Freezing and Vitrification along with benefits and disadvantages of embryo freezing.

Read More

Fertility Treatments
What are the Chances for IVF Treatment Success?
Dr. Arti Gupta
Dr. Arti Gupta 4.8 (6 Votes)

What are the Chances for IVF Treatment Success?

A number of factors can impact the result in an IVF cycle. Hence one must be aware of the fact that factors like age, previous pregnancy records, type of infertility problem and life-style etc are very much capable of deciding the fate of the IVF cycle. Success rate for young couples is more than 40% while couples aged more than 35 years have lesser chances of IVF success.

Read More

More From Author

Fertility Basics
Causes and Natural Remedies for Infertility
Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Dr. Sunil Eshwar 4.6 (6 Votes)

Causes and Natural Remedies for Infertility

Infertility is a concerning problem.You should keep a track on ovul...

Read More

Fertility Basics
Infertility Profiling Tests to Check if not Getting Pregnant
Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Dr. Sunil Eshwar 4.6 (7 Votes)

Infertility Profiling Tests to Check if not Getting Pregnant

Infertility Profiling Tests help you pin down the reason behind you...

Read More

Fertility Basics
Environmental and Occupational Factors Affecting Female Fertility
Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Dr. Sunil Eshwar 4.6 (6 Votes)

Environmental and Occupational Factors Affecting Female Fertility

About one third of infertility cases in the world are due to women ...

Read More

Trending Articles

surrogacy
surrogacy

5 Best Surrogacy Doctors in India

Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.

Read More 4.5 (1 Votes)

IVF
ivf

Best IVF Doctors in India with Highest Success Rates

Find here the list of best IVF doctors in India on the basis of Ratings, Success Rate, Services offered, IVF cost packages and available Facilities. Dr. Nisha Bhatnagar, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee and Dr. Anjali A Deval top the list of such IVF doctors in India due to their unique pricing system, popularity and high success rate.

Read More 4.7 (3 Votes)

surrogacy
surrogacy

Top Surrogacy Centres in India with Highest Success Rates

In this article we bring you the best Surrogacy Centers and clinics in India with Review Ratings, Cost Estimates, and Surrogacy Success Rate to help you make the best choice. Aveya IVF and Surrogacy Centre and Advanced Fertility and Surrogacy Centre tops the list of such surrogacy centres in India due to their low treatment costs, popularity and high success rates.

Read More 4.8 (2 Votes)