Artificial insemination (AI), also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), has been widely and successfully used since the 1970s. Typically one of the first treatments recommended for infertility, this method can bypass obstructions within the reproductive tract and provide a shorter distance for sperm to travel, increasing the chances of pregnancy. At Denver Fertility Albrecht Women’s Care, Dr. Bruce Albrecht and Dr. Dana Ambler can perform AI for hopeful parents struggling with infertility. Our unique approach to infertility treatment means many patients who usually would not be candidates for AI at other practices can undergo treatment at our Lone Tree office in Englewood, CO.
Determining Patients' Candidacy
Also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), AI may be recommended for a range of infertility issues. For cases involving male infertility, AI can overcome issues with low sperm count, motility, or morphology. AI is also recommended for women with endometriosis or other abnormalities in the reproductive organs, such as unreceptive cervical mucus. Dr. Albrecht or Dr. Ambler may also recommend the procedure when the root cause of infertility is unexplained.
Both Dr. Albrecht and Dr. Ambler believe in using the most minimally invasive treatments possible to achieve a successful pregnancy.
At Denver Fertility Albrecht Women’s Care, we offer IUI to a wider range of patients than other fertility clinics. At some practices, they will not perform AI for patients with zero percent normal sperm morphology and will instead push for in vitro fertilization (IVF). We do not believe issues with morphology are a legitimate reason to automatically recommend IVF. Both Dr. Albrecht and Dr. Ambler believe in using the most minimally invasive treatments possible to achieve a successful pregnancy.
Benefits of AI
For many couples struggling with male or female infertility, AI can create a unique opportunity for pregnancy. In cases of insemination using donor sperm, we can perform tests to screen for genetic disorders and other issues. These tests can improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, this technique can allow same-sex couples to conceive a child.
Planning Your Treatment
During your initial appointment, you and your partner will meet with Dr. Albrecht or Dr. Ambler to discuss your complete medical, familial, and gynecological history. Then your doctor will perform an infertility evaluation and discuss your treatment options with you. Typically, AI is a good first step for patients struggling with infertility. Depending on your unique concerns, AI may be combined with ovarian stimulation. We can also refer you to a nutritionist, psychologist, or other specialists to improve your chances of success.
How AI Works
First Dr. Albrecht or Dr. Ambler will perform tests to determine the optimal time in your ovulation cycle to perform the procedure. Then, your partner or donor will provide a sperm sample. Once collected, the sperm is "washed" to remove chemicals and concentrated to increase the likelihood of conception. Using a thin, flexible tube, we will place the most active and healthy sperm into your uterus. Your condition will be monitored during follow-up appointments.
At Denver Fertility Albrecht Women’s Care, we understand the frustration that infertility can cause. With the support of a caring staff, our fertility specialists perform a range of infertility treatments, including AI, to help patients start a family. For more information about the procedure or additional treatments, contact our office online or call (720) 464-3935 today.