Overview of Artificial Insemination from a Colorado Fertility Clinic

What is Artificial Insemination?

Artificial Insemination is a method used to treat different kinds of infertility in both women and men. During this procedure, the sperm is introduced into a woman’s cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes. This shortens the trip covered by the sperm, eliminating any potential obstructions. IUI or intrauterine insemination where the sperm is placed in the uterus, is among the most common types of artificial insemination. The procedure has some advantages as being simple with few side effects.

What kind of Infertility can Artificial Insemination Treat?

Denver infertility clinics use Artificial Insemination to treat many issues related to infertility. This technique is used for  men with borderline low sperm counts. It is also used in women who experience unexplained infertility, borderline ovarian function or for those suffering from endometriosis. Women who have unreceptive cervical mucus can also consider artificial insemination.

What to expect once Artificial Insemination is Done

The Colorado infertility doctor uses ultrasounds to monitor egg production and gives the female a medication to induce ovulation before you undergo the artificial insemination.  Almost all insemination procedures require the female partner to take fertility drugs to increase the chance of success.

During ovulation, your partner will go to the infertility clinic office to collect his sperm sample my masturbation. Your fertility specialist in Colorado may suggest that your spouse abstain from having sex for about 2 to 5 days to get a higher sperm count.

After the sample is collected it is “washed” . “Washing” the sperm away will remove chemicals found in the semen which can result in discomfort to the woman, during the insemination process. The sperm are liquefied at room temperatures for about 30 minutes. The fertility doctor will then add a harmless chemical to help separate the most active sperm that are collected through a process known as centrifuge. The sperm are then put in a tube known as the catheter and put inside the vagina through the cervix and to the uterus.

Are there risks involved?

Artificial Insemination is a relatively short and painless process that is described as similar to pap smear by most women. Some women may experience light bleeding and cramps after undergoing this procedure. Your doctor may ask you lie down for 10 minutes to allow the procedure to be more effective. Afterwards, you can resume normal activities.

Artificial insemination success rates vary and the factors may lessen the successful results include:


  • Poor sperm quality
  • Poor egg quality
  • Woman’s age
  • Damaged fallopian tubes ( generally due to chronic infection)
  • Severe endometriosis

Who can undergo Artificial Insemination?

Artificial Insemination does not work for everybody. Some people will try several inseminations before they become pregnant while others may not get pregnant. Your Colorado fertility specialist may advise you to try the insemination for 3 to 6 times with fertility medications before you proceed discussing other options for treatment.

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