All About Artificial Insemination Success Rates

All About Artificial Insemination Success Rates All About Artificial Insemination Success Rates

Are you considering artificial insemination to get pregnant? Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is currently the most common and popular form of artificial insemination. The other type of artificial insemination is called intracervical insemination (ICI).

Think of the IUI procedure as an improvement on other forms of artificial insemination. During IUI and ICI, sperm is deposited directly into your reproductive tract. However, during IUI, a very specialized process occurs that helps to boost success rates. In a process called sperm washing, your partner's sperm or a donor's sperm will be washed and prepared before insemination with IUI. 

Artificial insemination success rates
The percent of couples that become pregnant after one cycle of IUI ranges from 10 to 20 percent. However, different factors can affect these success rates, including fertility problems for men and women as well as age.

IUI success rates with fertility drugs
If your doctor suspects female infertility problems, he or she may prescribe a round of fertility drugs before you begin a round of artificial insemination. This fertility drug process, known as ovulation induction or superovulation, encourages your body to release more eggs in preparation for an IUI. Ovulation induction increases IUI success rates for women over 35. Here are success rates by age for women that use superovulation and IUI.

  • 10 percent success rate per cycle for women ages 35 to 40.
  • 5 percent success rate per cycle for women over 40.
Artificial insemination and donor sperm
If you and your partner are dealing with male factor infertility, ask your doctor about using donor sperm. This could make artificial insemination more successful for you. One study found that 86 percent of women using donor sperm with IUI became pregnant. 

ICI: Another form of artificial insemination
You just don't hear as much about intracervical insemination (ICI) these days. ICI is less popular, and has lower rates of success than IUI. Most of the time, people talking about artificial insemination are probably talking about IUI.

The ICI process involves the injection of non-washed sperm into the cervix, instead of the uterus. One study reported that women using donor sperm with ICI faced a 50 percent chance of success after multiple cycles.

Note: Make sure you do not confuse ICI with ICSI. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure that takes place with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Every couple has such a different fertility journey. Your personal health, combined with your partner's personal health, will affect your success rates. If you or your partner are dealing with infertility, artificial insemination may be just what you need to get pregnant.

Ask a doctor about artificial insemination

Keep reading to learn more about whether you can increase the chances of success with artificial insemination.