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Intrauterine Insemination


While many common fertility treatments can be complex (and often expensive), there are a number of simpler and cheaper options that, while less certain of success, are less invasive and are often recommended for those whose fertility problems are not too severe. One of the most popular of these is the procedure known as intrauterine insemination (often abbreviated to IUI).This process is certainly cheaper than in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and often results in successful pregnancy without the need for further treatments.

The process of intrauterine insemination begins with the collection of a sperm sample, which is often improved by the addition of nutritive fluid that increases the sperm cells’ activity.  The sperm is then released directly into the uterus of the prospective mother through the vagina by means of a long thin tube (a similar method to that used in in vitro fertilisation procedures).  With the aid of the nutritive fluid, the sperm cells are then much more likely to reach the fallopian tube and fertilise the eggs that are released there, resulting in successful pregnancy.

Stimulated intrauterine insemination is a variation of this procedure in which the woman’s menstrual cycle is monitored by means of ultrasound scans, blood/urine tests, and other methods, in order to determine the optimum point at which the sperm should be introduced.  In some cases, ovulation is triggered at the desired time by means of hormone treatments or fertility drugs.  Examples of these drugs include clomid and metformin, both of which are safe and have very few known side effects.

Choosing to have fertility treatment such as intrauterine insemination in Cape Town makes such relatively inexpensive procedures even cheaper, while also affording the opportunity to visit a country known for its attractiveness as a holiday destination.  Medical Tourism SA is on hand to ensure that your Cape Town fertility treatment, and your medical tourism visit on the whole, is a successful and memorable one.

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