The IVI clinic functions as a special unit of the fertility centre at Sunrays. Equipped with all conceivable equipments and providing all services connected with IVI procedure, the clinic has helped many infertile couples bear children in a smooth and faster manner.
What is Intravaginal Insemination (IVI)?
IVI is a type of artificial insemination that you can use to help increase your chances of pregnancy. Though less common than the other types of artificial insemination, IVI is a valuable treatment procedure and is very popular among some patients. IVI places sperm directly inside your vagina in order to increase the chances of fertilization. It can be performed at your fertility clinic or in the comfort of your own home.
Who Can Benefit From Intravaginal Insemination?
IVI is usually reserved only for couples facing specific fertility issues. IVI is typically used when a male partner is unable to ejaculate during sexual intercourse, but when the female partner is healthy and fertile. The procedure requires that you are able to ovulate regularly, either naturally or through the help of fertility drugs, like Clomid. If you are experiencing difficulties with regular ovulation, IVI is probably not the best treatment for you.
Timing and Intravaginal Insemination
The key to success with IVI is the timing of the procedure. Whether the IVI is performed at home or by your reproductive endocrinologist, it is imperative that it occur around the time of your ovulation. In order to find out when you are ovulating, urine tests can be performed to check for a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH). This surge indicates the beginning of ovulation. IVI is generally performed within 24 hours of your LH surge.
Intravaginal Insemination Procedure
- The semen or prepared sperm sample is drawn into the sterile needle.
- Any air bubbles inside of the syringe are pushed out, to prevent air from being inserted into your vagina.
- When you are lying down in a comfortable position, the syringe is slowly placed inside of your vagina, until it reaches your cervix.
- The semen sample is deposited near your cervix.
- The cervical cap is filled with your sperm sample.
- After folding the cervical cap in half, insert the cervical cap into your vagina, or have your partner do this.
- The cervical cap should be left in place for two to three hours. Orgasm sometimes helps the sperm to travel up into the uterus once the cervical cap is in place.
The success rates associated with IVI are not that high because sperm must still travel through your cervix, into your uterus, and up into your fallopian tubes. However, IVI typically provides a 10% chance of pregnancy with each cycle. By using washed sperm or ovulation-inducing medication, success rates can reach 30% per treatment cycle.