Q&A: How much is it to have the artificial insemination procedure done?
posted on 12/20/2013
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How much is it to have the artificial insemination procedure done?- Amanda
--Wendy J Schillings, MD, FACOG
First step would be to identify the source for the sperm. Is this your partner or will you be using sperm from a sperm bank? After initial testing to determine your general health, if you are ovulating and if your tubes are open, your physician will determine if ovulation medication would enhance the possibility of success. That may require either pills, injections or a combination of both. Either ultrasound monitoring or a urine LH test will be utilized to predict when you will ovulate. You will be instructed when to be at the office for preparation of the semen sample. The insemination procedure is like a pap smear. A small catheter is inserted through the cervix into the uterus and the sperm are placed into the uterine cavity. You may be asked to remain on the examination table for ten to fifteen minutes then will go about your normal activities. About fourteen days later, a pregnancy test can let you know if the procedure was successful. Be aware that it may take a few treatment cycles to determine if this method will work for you or if an alternative therapy should be considered.
--Mark Perloe, MD
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