Insemination is the assisted reproduction technique that is closest to the natural process. In this technique, the menstrual cycle is controlled in order to choose the ideal moment to introduce the partner’s or donor’s sperm directly into the uterus.
Insemination can be performed either in a natural cycle or in a hormonal cycle, also known as artificial. The difference lies in whether there is ovarian stimulation with medication or whether the woman’s natural cycle is simply followed.
For there to be a chance of success, it is important that the patient is under 38 years of age and also has a good ovarian reserve.
Then, once the growth of the follicles is followed, the insemination is scheduled with the semen sample in the office and without sedation.
This procedure is very simple. It involves introducing the seminal sample, trained in the laboratory, into the uterus with a fine cannula.
Thus, it will be put in contact with the egg for fertilization. After 15 days, the positive result of the treatment is checked through a beta blood test.
Frequently asked questions
- Why is the semen introduced into the uterus? This is done so that it directly reaches the uterine tubes, also known as fallopian tubes, where the egg is fertilized. This makes the woman more likely to get pregnant.
- Is it better to follow the natural cycle or the hormonal cycle? This will depend on each case. For this it will be necessary to make a medical study of the couple before deciding the ideal way.