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What is Artificial Insemination?

For many people, in fact about 10 percent of women suffer from fertility problems. There’s a couple that struggled for 6 years to fall pregnant and finally it happened after a miscarriage. They made it past 32 weeks and were going strong to reach a healthy birth. However countless couples around the world go through this difficult time without an end in sight.

Technology certainly has made our lives easier to an extent and one such example of this is Artificial Insemination. So what is this whole process about it?

Fertility doctors might suggest this to you and in very simple terms, it’s the process whereby a doctor will insert sperm directly into a woman’s cervix, fallopian tubes or uterus.

Artificial insemination is short and relatively painless. Going on what most women say, it is as similar to a pap smear. There is a possibility that you will feel cramping during the procedure and slight bleeding afterwards. The doctor will get you to lie down for about 45 minutes or so to allow the sperm a chance to work.

Now I’m sure you wondering what are the success percentages with such a procedure. The simple answer is that they will vary depending on multiple factors. The age of the woman, poor egg or sperm quality is not up to par, endometriosis that has gotten severe, a lot of damage to the fallopian tubes. If there is blockage of the fallopian tubes then it will not work at all.

Your doctor might recommend try this process between three to six times. It does become a rather expensive process especially with multiple attempts however if you have been trying to fall pregnant the natural route with no luck, you tend to push your other options a bit more until you strike gold.

None the less, artificial insemination is a safe and proven method, so have a talk to your fertility doctor and see what options are available.