Artificial insemination is a fertility treatment where sperm is injected directly into your cervix at the most fertile time of your reproductive cycle. This treatment can help to improve your chances of becoming pregnant when your partner’s sperm isn’t able to successfully reach your eggs on its own. It is also used when you are trying to become pregnant with donated sperm.
Artificial insemination has been used since the 1980s to help women become pregnant. This process was originally developed for livestock, but was adapted to help women and couples.
If you have been trying to become pregnant for a year without success, you may need fertility treatments. Dr. Brody helps women and couples to achieve pregnancy with fertility treatments including artificial insemination. You need to make an appointment with Dr. Brody to talk about your attempts to become pregnant, your lifestyle, and general health. He also performs a physical exam, including a pelvic exam to diagnose any issues that are impeding your ability to become pregnant.
It is also important for your partner to undergo fertility testing. In many cases, a man may have insufficient quantities of quality sperm. When this is the case, artificial insemination can be helpful as it reduces the distance the sperm has to travel to reach the egg.
Semen is collected from either the intended father or a donor. It is treated to separate the sperm from the seminal fluid, then recombined into a sperm-dense concentrate. The sperm is then inserted directly into your cervix at the most fertile point of your menstrual cycle to increase the chances of conception completing.
After the injection is complete, it is recommended that you rest for a couple of days to increase your chances of the sperm and egg successfully combining. You return to the office 10-12 days later for a pregnancy test to see if the artificial insemination was successful.
Dr. Brody provides comprehensive fertility consultations to determine the root cause of your fertility issues. If you have viable eggs and a healthy cervix and uterus, but your partner’s sperm is unable to reach your eggs, artificial insemination may be an effective treatment.
Dr. Brody offers a variety of fertility treatments and works with you to determine the best method to improve your chances of becoming pregnant. If you have questions or concerns about infertility or if you have been trying to become pregnant for over a year without success, call or book an appointment online today.
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