Artificial Insemination Overview

Artificial insemination deals with various procedures that are used in order to get a man’s sperm in the female vagina in order to get a woman pregnant. It is considered artificial because sexual intercourse is not involved in the process. That’s because the efforts to impregnate with that natural method failed. The man’s sperm is usually from the spouse if they are married. If they are not, a male donor can provide it.

This method of impregnation is usually set aside for women that do not have a sufficient amount of cervical mucus or they are suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis is a chronic medical condition that is very painful. The uterus tissue grows out of the uterus instead of being a liner for it on the inside. It is also used for men who cannot release their sperm in the woman’s vagina due to failure to ejaculate or other medical conditions. 

Some of the different artificial insemination procedures include intracervical insemination, intrauterine insemination and intravaginal insemination.

Couples are required to undergo a complete medical examination. Men will have to provide a sample of semen to analyze. Women have to submit to a battery of tests. These tests will evaluate if their fallopian tubes are blocked and also if they are properly ovulating. Other tests that both parties will be screened for include German Measles, Hepatitis B and C and the HIV virus.

The artificial insemination process is not cheap. Each session can run from $300 to $500 a session and possibly more. The cost of this includes the drug therapy, testing and diagnosis, the procedure, and the stay at the hospital. There may be additional charges other than the regular items. Private medical insurance may pick up the tab for some or most of this. 

Some of the benefits of artificial insemination include being able to have a pregnancy for those couples where one or both parties are infertile. Also, any donor sperm is tested prior to performing the procedure. Testing the sperm can help to find things such as genetic disorders. People that are interested in having the procedure done should consult a New Jersey fertility specialist for assistance.   

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