Insemination with the husband’s sperm

This technique is indicated in cases of sexual dysfunction, a moderate reduction in sperm count or motility, or when no predominant cause of infertility has been identified. The doctor determines the time of ovulation in advance, based on a vaginal ultrasound and a blood sample.

The husband arrives on the appointed date, two hours before insemination, to produce a sperm sample (through masturbation). The sperm cells are then prepared in the laboratory and the most motile are placed directly into the woman’s uterus using a flexible tube (catheter) inserted via the cervix.

This shortens the distance the sperm have to travel and avoids their having to pass through the cervical mucus. Insemination is a painless procedure performed by a gynaecologist and only takes a few minutes.