Artificial insemination is the deliberate introduction of sperm into the uterus without sexual intercourse. It enables pregnancy through special assistive reproduction techniques. This is a bit costly and should be discussed by couples well before proceeding with the procedure. Several factors should be considered, and to help couples decide, we will be discussing some of those:
1. Several fertility tests showed a problem with the quality and quantity of sperm. It is either the sperm count is low and or the sperm has poor motility which means that it can’t reach the egg cell in the fallopian tube. Although this is corrigible, there are instances when almost all resort to improve sperm count fail, it would be so frustrating to couples but no need to lose hope, artificial insemination could be considered.
2. There are also instances when the female has a problem with lubrication; she would experience severe pain during intercourse. Hence, sexual intercourse could not be pushed through. If in case, after medical intervention, this problem is still persistent, another option for conception is artificial insemination.
3. There are also cases when the male partner suffers from difficulty in ejaculating, or worse is he has a problem with developing an erection. Problems such as that would hinder reproduction, thus, artificial insemination could also be considered.
4. There are also cases when the female partner has cervical mucus abnormalities. Cervical mucus nourishes the sperm and also serves as a medium for sperm to travel to the fallopian tube. Problems with the cervical mucus mean problem with conception.
5. There are also certain unfortunate instances when the woman has an allergy to semen. In such cases, artificial insemination is highly recommended. In this procedure, the sperm cell is washed off and is introduced directly into the fallopian tube.
6. Artificial insemination is also recommended in certain unexplained infertility cases.
1. Another consideration, is when either of the partners is infected with Venereal Diseases and blood and body fluids borne diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Hepatitis. Infection could be transmitted through the exchange of body fluids during sexual intercourse. Therefore, conception is impossible. In instances like this, the couple could also consider artificial insemination.
2. There are also other medical conditions that prevent reproduction
Though artificial insemination is recommended for couples with fertility and medical problems, some couples opted for this procedure because they choose to especially couples engaged in a same-sex relationship. However, another thing that should be put into consideration is the cost of the procedure. Although it is the cheapest reproductive assistive procedure, it is still a bit costly, and it doesn’t guarantee a hundred percent success rate. This is the initial resort when all measures to promote natural conception fail. The need to continuously take medications that could promote ovulation and boost the chance of pregnancy should also be considered. This entails commitment and lots of responsibility. Even though the risk in this procedure is very minimal, there is still a risk for multiple pregnancies, which may not be a bad thing at all.