Artificial insemination is one of the most popular methods to conceive in the USA, for those who are having difficulties conceiving and for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In fact, there are so many reasons why artificial insemination with a sperm donor is used for millions of American couples to start a family.

What is artificial insemination with a sperm donor?

For those who are not entirely sure what artificial insemination involves, it is quite simply the process of directly inserting sperm into a woman’s womb. Sperm is usually donated via a sperm bank, although in some countries and states it is suitable for a couple to find their own sperm donor. Depending on the clinic or hospital where artificial insemination takes place, there are several things the doctors may do in order to help the conception along, such as:

  • Stimulating ovaries with hormones to produce follicles.
  • Use certain hormones to trigger egg release.
  • Optimum sperm can be selected from the sample given.

Is artificial insemination the right choice for me?

As mentioned, there may be many reasons that you are considering artificial insemination. It may be that you are finding it difficult to conceive, your doctor has suggested this be the next step or perhaps you are an LGBT couple who wish to start a family. To work out if artificial insemination with a sperm donor is the right choice it is advised that you have several consultations with a doctor, nurse or clinic professional before going ahead. Also, remember to talk this through as a couple each step of the way, to ensure you are both happy with it.

What if artificial insemination (donor sperm insemination) is not right for you?

Sometimes artificial insemination with a sperm donor is not the right step for everybody – and that’s okay! It may be that your state doesn’t allow you to pick your own sperm donor, the process is going to be far too expensive, or that you simply don’t like the idea of a clinical procedure to conceive. There are other options and it is worth looking at all of them before making a decision. Other options such as home insemination also have their pros and cons; so make sure you weigh everything up before making a final call.

We have many more hints and tips on the CoParents blog which can help you make an even more informed decision on the steps you want to take. Please do have a look through and gather the information you need to make that all important decision.