Infertility is often mistakenly thought of as primarily a female issue. In actuality, both male and female-related reproductive problems can make it difficult for a couple to conceive naturally. At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team of fertility specialists offer many treatments to address common fertility concerns.
When issues are related to low sperm count or male impotence, donor sperm IUI, or artificial insemination, may be the most effective solution. During artificial insemination, concentrated sperm is placed directly into the uterus. This process is an ideal treatment for many of our Lubbock, TX, patients.
Candidates for IUI with Donor Sperm
IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is a possible solution for any patient who has had a difficult time conceiving naturally. IUI using donor sperm is a particularly good option for patients who meet any of these criteria:
- The male partner’s sperm count is low
- Semen analysis shows that the male partner’s sperm is low quality
- A single woman wishes to conceive
- A same-sex female couple wishes to conceive
Finding a Sperm Donor
To undergo IUI with donor sperm, our Lubbock patients need to find a donor first. Fortunately, the process of donating sperm is simple, so it tends to be easier and more affordable to find a sperm donor than an egg donor.
Patients can choose to have a personal friend or family member donate sperm, or they may go through a sperm bank. Sperm banks carefully screen potential donors. They consider the donor’s health and medical history as well as screen for mental health issues, genetic conditions, and, of course, sperm quality.
Whether our patients choose to use a known donor or find one through a sperm bank, they may want to consider factors such as:
- The donor’s physical appearance (ethnicity, height, eye and hair color, etc.)
- The donor’s education level
- The donor’s personality traits
- The donor’s interests
The Treatment Process
When a sperm donor has been chosen, the IUI procedure can be scheduled. IUI can either be performed in alignment with a woman’s natural ovulation, or in conjunction with ovulation induction. When ovulation induction is performed, our Lubbock patients will take fertility medications to promote the production of multiple mature eggs. In either case, IUI will be scheduled for the day after an egg (or eggs) are released from the ovaries.
On the day of IUI treatment, the donor sperm will be thawed and prepared. The patient will lie down on an exam table and place her feet in stirrups, just as she would during a yearly pelvic exam. A small, thin catheter is passed through the vagina and into the cervix.
The prepared sperm is injected directly into the uterus via the catheter. The entire procedure is fairly short and simple. Women may experience some mild cramping or discomfort afterwards, but side effects should not be severe. Within 10 to 14 days, a pregnancy test can be taken.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been struggling to conceive naturally, you may benefit from the fertility services offered by Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine. To learn more about the specific treatment plan that may be right for you, call (806) 788-1212 and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.