By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 04/14/2014

Artificial insemination consists of a simple procedure whose treatment is less invasive than that applied in more complex assisted reproductive techniques.

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Main pros of IUI

The advantages of this technique can be summarized as follows:

  • It is one of the simplest assisted reproductive techniques.
  • It is the closest method to natural conception: although the sperm is inserted artificially into the uterus, a natural selection of sperm occurs before the egg is fertilised.
  • It is a painless technique. This means anaesthesia is unnecessary; therefore, there is no high risk for the patient, who might feel more confident as a result.
  • It is a low cost technique, especially in comparison with other techniques, since it does not require too much medical intervention nor complex maintenance and handling systems of embryo culture.
  • Thanks to the hormone treatment administered to the woman, the ovulation date is known accurately. This translates, if compared to timed intercourse, in greater chances for success as well as greater control when it comes to inserting the sperm.
  • The ovarian stimulation cycle performed previously to this technique is milder than that required in an IVF treatment. Consequently, the possible side effects caused by the hormone treatment might be diminished.
  • Semen quality is improved thanks to the capacitation that is performed previously to the insemination. This increases the likelihood of getting pregnant.
  • It enables single women and lesbian couples to be on motherhood.
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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information
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