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For many couples, the desire to have children naturally does not come true and artificial insemination often offers the last chance for a baby. Read here about the possibilities of artificial insemination, and what is important to keep in mind so that the dream of the baby finally comes true.
The right partner is found and the only thing missing from the love happiness is a baby. But after a long phase of trying it just will not work and frustration comes up. There are many reasons for the lack of fertilization. Whether the woman or the man is physically unable to conceive a child, the doctor can find out. But no matter what it is, mutual blame brings nothing and a strong cohesion is more in demand than ever. Together, they embark on a search for an alternative fertilization method and come across the promising possibilities of artificial insemination, which many couples have previously made parents.$config[ads_text] not found
Choosing artificial insemination is not an easy one: an emotional time peppered with new feelings and fears lies ahead of every couple who chooses. On top of that, the topic of artificial insemination seems to be very extensive and complicated. Scientifically, artificial insemination is a medical procedure to induce a pregnancy - it may sound quite simple, but there is much more to it than that. To clarify, we clarify the 5 most important questions about artificial insemination here.
1. How does artificial insemination work with IVF?
IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. As the name suggests, this type of fertilization takes place in a laboratory vessel. Before treatment, women are prescribed medicines that cause the body to produce more eggs than usual. If enough ova are mature, they are taken from the woman. Then the man donates his sperm. If he is physically unable to ejaculate, the sperm are taken directly from the testicles. Oocytes and sperm then meet in the test tube, with the sperm finding their way to the egg cell alone.
2. Does artificial insemination work with ICSI?
ICSI stands for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. This method of artificial insemination is very similar to the in vitro fertilization method. The only difference is that the sperm is injected directly into the egg and does not have to look for the "right way" first. It often happens that sperm are less able to move or are simply not fit enough to reach the target. By injecting the sperm into the egg, it is ensured that the sperm really arrive where it belongs. This process takes place in a Petri dish in the laboratory.
3. What happens at the insemination?
Insemination is the most common form of artificial insemination and is performed directly in the woman's lower body. During insemination, the women are injected directly into the egg cell. The intervention she gets with full awareness.
4. What are the requirements for artificial insemination?
Germany, especially the health insurance companies, take the requirements for artificial insemination very seriously. Thus men and women must be married - if they are not, they need a certificate from the ethics committee of the medical association and get no financial subsidization of the statutory health insurance. In addition, the woman may only inject the sperm of her own husband, serious illnesses should be excluded, and the woman may not be older than 40 years old, the man no older than 50 years old, and both not younger than 25 years at the time of fertilization be old.
5. What risks are there?
During hormone therapy to stimulate the oocytes, the woman may experience mood swings. In addition, it often happens that nausea sets as a side effect. It is particularly unpleasant when the woman gets breathless and complains of pain in the stomach. If the side effects are no longer acceptable, a doctor must be consulted immediately.
Even a surgical procedure always involves risks that you should be aware of. Not to be ignored is the mental stress and the fear to fail: in the partnership, at work and also in a personal environment, it can be tense. During the treatment, the woman can ride emotional coaster 24 hours a day and even if the artificial insemination has worked, it is not clear whether the child is born healthy - it must be counted on a miscarriage.
Last but not least, an intervention is also a financial burden, especially if it did not work out the first time and you hope for a second attempt.
Tip for all couples:
If you have opted for artificial insemination, you should definitely consider a Plan B. It is important to think through all sorts of scenarios (what if …). Forge plans for life after mistreatment. In this way, you stay close to reality, feel strong and increase the chances of complication-free fertilization and pregnancy with a positive attitude.