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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is artificial insemination?

Artificial insemination is a procedure used to treat infertility. Healthcare providers put sperm into your vagina near the cervix or directly into the uterus. The cervix is the bottom part of your uterus. Sperm may come from your partner or a sperm bank, or be donated by someone else.

What medicine may I need before insemination?

You may need to take hormones, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), that help you ovulate. Hormones increase your chances of getting pregnant.

What tests may I need before insemination?

What will my male partner need to do before insemination?

Your male partner may need to avoid ejaculating (releasing semen) for a few days before insemination. When you start to ovulate, your partner will provide a sample of his semen. Before insemination, the semen will be washed and the sperm checked to see if it is normal.

What happens during insemination?

Artificial insemination can be done using 3 different methods. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about the best way for you to have insemination. After insemination, you may need to lie flat on your back for several minutes.

What are the risks of insemination?

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