Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination is defined as a method that involves manually selecting good quality sperm in a laboratory to be introduced into a woman at time of ovulation. It is one of the techniques used in assisted reproductive technology, or ART. This field intervenes in the lives of certain couples, when they are not able to initiate pregnancy.

After performing various exams to research the cause of this infertility, the technique of artificial insemination may be chosen. After sperm is collected through the natural release from the testicles of the male partner, the puncturing of the male partner's testicles, or collection through a donor, this semen is deposited into the uterine cavity of the woman.

This technique is principally advised for those experiencing moderate troubles of the man's spermatozoa, problems with the woman's cervical phlegm preventing the migration of spermatozoa, or male sterility. It is also the first technique tried in the case of inexplicable infertility that lasts more than two years.

The success rate of artificial insemination is about 15% for women under 35 years of age. As the woman ages, the success rate decreases proportionally.