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Can fertility treatments be done at home?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 10/06/2016

No, fertility treatments are carried out at a fertility clinic or medical facility. In the case of AI, it can be done at the gynecologist's office, due to the simplicity of the technique. Conversely, special equipment is required for all of the IVF steps involved to be carried out properly.

There is, however, an alternative to artificial insemination which is known as at-home artificial insemination. It is mainly a do-it-yourself version of AI in which the woman can get herself inseminated with donor or partner sperm by just buying an insemination kit at the pharmacy.

It should be taken into account that its chances of success are exactly the same as those you would achieve through natural conception. Besides, it involves a series of health risks, as the equipment has not been previously sterilized and therefore the risk of introducing germs into the vaginal tract is higher.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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