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What is Artificial Insemination?

Artificial insemination

Artificial insemination is a process of artificial reproduction whereby a man’s sperm is manually planted inside a woman’s uterus in order to impregnate her. This method is one of the several methods of assisted reproductive technology (ART).

The method of artificial insemination is used primarily to treat infertility in both men and women. There are two ways in which doctors can perform this procedure:

i. Intracervical insemination
ii. Intrauterine insemination

Intracervical insemination is the process where the doctors place the sperm into the woman’s cervix. According to doctors, this is the easiest way of assisted reproduction. Medical practitioners inject the sperm into the cervix with the help of a needle-less syringe. Therefore, the intracervical process of insemination is also the most popular among couples wanting to conceive a child.

In the other case known as intrauterine insemination, the sperm is placed inside the woman’s uterus. Doctors are of the opinion that this process of insemination shows great results if the woman is under the age of 30.

Many factors determine the cost of this assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as:

i. Medical examination of the recipient and the drugs prescribed to her
ii. Cost of the artificial insemination process
iii. Cost of the stay in the hospital

In the United States, government statistics put the average cost of artificial insemination at over $1000.



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