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Intra Uterine Insemination with Donor Sperm (AID)

Intra Uterine Insemination with Donor Sperm (AID)
Intra Uterine Insemination with Donor Sperm (AID) consists of placing sperm from a sperm donor in the patient's uterus. It is a simple and effective technique, since only spermatozoa with an optimum quality and quantity are used.

At Ferticentro, sperm donation treatments are done in cases where the male partner of the couple does not have spermatozoa (or when these have previously been identified as being of poor quality); in cases where there is a risk of transmission of genetic diseases to offspring, and in cases of women without a male partner. Intra Uterine Insemination with Donor Sperm (AID) can be performed either in stimulated cycles (those in which the woman takes drugs that induce ovulation) or in natural or non-stimulated cycles.

Stages of the treatment

  • 1. Ovaries control and stimulation

    In non-stimulated cycles, IUI occurs between the 12th and 15th days of the menstrual cycle (in which the first is the day on which the menstrual flow appears). Blood tests may be needed to help determine when ovulation occurs.


    In cases where administration of ovulation-inducing drugs is required, the development of oocytes is controlled by periodic ultrasound scan examinations. When the oocyte reaches the appropriate level of maturation, an injection (LH, or hormonal luteo-stimulant) is given to help release the egg. In these cases, insemination should be done 36 to 40 hours later. It is very important that the patient respects the timings indicated by the gynaecologist for the administration of the various injections, since an error at this point may jeopardise the entire treatment process.



    2. Selection of the sperm donor and obtaining the sperm sample

    The donor is selected by Ferticentro, based on very strict medical criteria and after a rigorous  process of selection and exclusion of genetic diseases and psychological evaluation. The sperm used at Ferticentro comes from donors selected by the clinic, or from certified foreign sperm banks, with excellent and rigorous quality control methods. The sperm donation is a voluntary act, and the patient(s) is only responsible for costs incurred associated with laboratorial expenses such as sperm collection, maintenance and treatment. The entire process is carried out with full assurance of confidentiality and with the informed consent of the patient(s).



    3. Insemination

    The process of insemination with donor sperm is identical to that of Intra-Uterine Insemination but using only cryopreserved sperm from a sperm bank.


    For the insemination procedure, the gynaecologist uses a speculum and inserts into the uterus a catheter (small, flexible tube) loaded with previously selected and treated spermatozoa.


    It is a quick processwhich takes a few minutes; after insemination the woman should rest for a brief period and then go on with her normal life.

Treatment costs

  • To find out more about treatment costs, please fill our contact form.

Additional information:

  • As every other medical treatment, IUI-D treatments can cause adverse reactions or complications.
    Although couples at Ferticentro are closely monitored by their doctor (who is always available by phone) and all procedures are done according to the most strict and internationally accepted safety criteria, it’s important that our patients are aware that less pleasant situations, although highly unlikely, can also occur, since these are also part of Medicine.
    Adverse reactions to drugs used in IUI cycles are not very common and are generally mild. The most frequent symptoms include hot flashes, irritability, fatigue and headaches. Generally they only last for a short period of time, without reasons for concern. If these side effects persist or worsen you should contact your Ferticentro doctor.
    IUI-D cycles are very safe procedures.

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