Artificial insemination is one of the most effective and affordable methods for treating male infertility, as well as some types of female infertility. Artificial insemination has good success rates, although it may be necessary to go through several cycles before pregnancy occurs. There are a number of factors that determine the success rate of AI, as we’ll explore below. Overall, the per-cycle success rate of AI lies somewhere between 5-20%.
Method of Insemination
There are two main options for insemination: vaginal insemination, and intrauterine insemination (IUI). During vaginal insemination, the sperm is placed into the vagina. During intrauterine insemination, the sperm is injected through the cervix, directly into the uterus. IUI has a much better success rate than vaginal insemination, which is why we use IUI in almost all cases.
Type & Degree of Infertility
AI can be used as a treatment for many fertility issues, from cervical scarring to low sperm count. Depending on the nature of the underlying condition, AI may be more or less successful. In particular, the chances of success are typically higher if only one partner has fertility problems. At your consultation, your doctor can give you more detailed information about how your particular clinical situation affects your chances of success.
Female fertility declines dramatically after age 36, and even male fertility takes a hit with age. As a result, couples under 36 tend to have the best chances of success. Because of the decline in fertility after 36, older couples should seek treatment for infertility at an earlier point.
Younger couples with fewer fertility issues tend to have the best chances of success with artificial insemination, as is the case with all types of fertility treatment. Many couples of all ages and backgrounds have seen success with the treatment, and it is cost-effective enough to make it worth a try in many situations.
The exact course of treatment for your infertility will depend on your needs and preferences. To schedule a consultation about whether AI is right for you, please give us a call at (212) 369-8700 or click below and we will get right back to you.