For patients who have struggled to become pregnant on their own, artificial insemination (AI) is often the first step in fertility management. This treatment can be performed in a clinic, making it more affordable and accessible for couples. Dr. Ron Clisham can perform artificial insemination at his New Orleans, LA, office to improve your chances of conceiving successfully.
Understanding Artificial Insemination
Unlike in vitro fertilization (IVF) where fertilization occurs in the laboratory, with artificial insemination, fertilization takes place in the fallopian tube. Artificial insemination increases a patient’s chances of conception by ensuring that sperm is delivered to the uterus in greater numbers, and by decreasing the distance that the sperm has to travel to fertilize the egg in the fallopian tube.
When Is it Recommended?
Patients who typically receive the most benefit from AI are:
- Low sperm count
- A woman with prior treatment for abnormal Pap smears where the treatment has caused constriction of the uterine opening (cervix), or drying of the cervical mucous production that allows sperm to swim into the uterus
- Couples with no male partner (therapeutic donor insemination – TDI)
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Unexplained infertility
A Typical Appointment
Following an initial fertility consult, the fertility specialist may recommend artificial insemination in the treatment plan. Insemination is usually timed to occur with a woman’s ovulation, by using ovulation predictor kits. For women that do not ovulate regularly, ovulation can be achieved with the use of either oral or injectable fertility medications. The specialist may recommend ovulation induction as part of the treatment plan.
The insemination is an outpatient procedure, usually lasting about 30 minutes. The semen specimen is usually collected at home, in a sterile cup, and brought to the clinic for processing. If a cervical insemination is being performed, the semen can be placed directly into the cervix without processing.
Our clinical staff provides personalized, one-on-one treatment for every patient.
For an intrauterine insemination (IUI), the sperm must be washed. The sperm is washed to remove the seminal plasma, leaving only the sperm for insemination. The sperm sample is then placed into a flexible plastic tube called an IUI catheter. The catheter is then inserted through the cervix, into the uterus where the sperm is deposited. Patients may experience some mild cramping following the IUI. Following the procedure, patients are instructed to resume normal activities, but avoid any strenuous exercise. Two weeks after the procedure, patients can confirm pregnancy with a home pregnancy test.
Begin Your Treatment
Our clinical staff provides personalized, one-on-one treatment for every patient. If you are struggling to become pregnant, contact our office today to set up a consultation and receive an infertility workup.