Artificial Insemination

– Can either be done with a partner’s or donor’s Sperm.

– It is usually the first option before IVF.

– Advisable for people with unexplained prolonged infertility.

Artificial Insemination

– Can either be done with a partner’s or donor’s Sperm.

– It is usually the first option before IVF.

– Advisable for people with unexplained prolonged infertility.

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About Artificial Insemination

  • Artificial Insemination is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation.

  • This process is carried out close to the ovulation period in natural cycles or the ovaries can be stimulated using hormones after which ovulation is monitored to determine the best time to perform the IUI.

  • Instances when IUI can be considered include:

    Prolonged infertility,

    When the sperm has difficulty reaching the uterus,

    Having ovulatory dysfunction,

    Ejaculation dysfunction,

    Having monir tubal defects, or

    Having certain cervical conditions, such as a cervical mucus problem.

  • This procedure is, however not recommended for women:

    • With severe disease of the fallopian tubes,

    With a history of pelvic infections, or

    With moderate to severe endometriosis.

Steps Involved in IUI

  • Egg Growth Stimulation

    This involves using oral or injectable medication to stimulate the growth and maturation of a woman’s eggs. Oral medication can be used for 5 days, while injections are usually done for 8-12 days based on the ovary response.

    To monitor the ovaries and egg development while on injectable medication, ultrasound appointments are needed every 2-3 days. Hormone levels related to egg growth and ovarian function are assessed through blood tests. This is done to ensure everything is progressing as required.

  • Ovulation Stimulation

    Once a mature egg is present, a “trigger shot” of a hormone either FSH or luteinising hormone is injected into the woman to stimulate the ovaries as the follicle size and number is monitored through ultrasound to help determine the right time for insemination. When one or two follicles reach their optimum size, Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) shot is administered to initiate ovulation and release the egg. IUI procedure is then scheduled 24-36 hours after this shot.

  • Semen Preparation

    On the insemination day, a fresh sample of semen is collected and prepared, washed and a viable sperm is obtained to be used in the insemination procedure. The sperm can either be from a donor or a partner.

  • Insemination Procedure

    On insemination day, the viable sperm is injected into the uterus using a fine, long, flexible catheter. The woman lies on her back on an exam table similar to when undergoing a pelvic exam. The insemination is usually complete in approximately 20 seconds.

What to know if you are considering IUI

  • Insemination takes between 15-20 seconds, however, the IUI procedure takes 2 weeks from the second day of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

  • For patients who do not live near Fertility Point or those planning to travel to Kenya for IUI treatment at the centre, you would need to travel one week before, so that tests and scans can be done before Day 2 of the woman’s menstrual cycle.

  • Ensure you carry with you all your medical and lab reports if you have gone through any tests or treatments previously.

International Medical Treatment is an Official Information and Referral Office for Fertility Point Kenya, helping coordinate treatment for people in Kenya and across the region at no extra charge.