Artificial insemination (AI) is a simple and inexpensive
medical procedure, commonly used in the treatment of infertility. AI is just
one of those options that may be considered prior to attempting more involved
treatments, such as IVF. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is the most commonly
used technique of artificial insemination.
Artificial insemination is usually recommended as a
first step in the treatment of infertility, before specialists move on to other
advanced treatments depending on the success of this treatment.
Artificial insemination is used to treat a variety
of fertility problems. It is usually used for men whose sperm count is very low
or the sperms are too weak to traverse the cervix and reach the fallopian
Experts recommend artificial insemination for women
with abnormalities in their reproductive organs or those who suffer from
endometriosis. This treatment has fewer side effects.
This procedure involves inserting the sperm directly
into a woman's cervix, fallopian tubes, or uterus. AI makes it more conducive
for pregnancy by reducing the chances of failure by making the journey for the
The success rate of artificial insemination is
largely dependent on the age of the woman. Usually after the age of 35,
fertility drops and this has a bearing on the success of artificial
insemination. Multiple pregnancies cannot be ruled out for those using this
procedure for conception.
Those undergoing infertility treatments must watch
their diet and lifestyle to improve the success of the procedure. Eating
healthy food, maintaining appropriate weight, and restricting alcohol can
assist in improving the success of this treatment.