What is the best method AI, AI+ or NI ?

by claire18 » 02 Oct 2013

Hi all I'm looking for advice on the best method and how long each method can take to fall pregnant?

I have been trying AI for about 3 month so I'm looking for some advice of anyone that has been though it and got pregnant or are trying now...

Please could anyone help ?
Many thanks
Claire18

by Micky » 04 Oct 2013

I can only comment on my experiences and thoughts. I have recently helped good friends of mine have a child after they had tried various other methods, they now have a lively healthy two year old after donating NI at the second time of ovulation. To me there must be something better about NI as you are not creating any undue delays where you can lose sperm and the act of sex itself makes the female body more ready to receive the sperm especially if it is done in a natural and fun yet platonic way.

by Chris_P » 05 Oct 2013

Unfortunately no one has conducted any trials on the efficacy of NI versus AI, so the short answer is 'nobody knows.'

AI can take a long time. I have heard of a lady who conceived after 14 tries over two years. Others have been successful much faster. It may be that there is a technique involved - letting the fresh sperm stand for 10 minutes before injecting, lying on you back or front for 10 minutes after, ensuring your donor abstains from sexual activity for 2 to 5 days beforehand to maximise volume, manually stimulating yourself to orgasm after, trying once the day before peak fertility and once after - a lot of parameters to get right.

Unless you are single, I would think very hard before opting for NI. As well as STD issues (herpes can be difficult to detect), it may cause problems with your partner.

Hope this helps.

by EddyCox » 05 Oct 2013

claire18 wrote:Hi all I'm looking for advice on the best method and how long each method can take to fall pregnant?

I have been trying AI for about 3 month so I'm looking for some advice of anyone that has been though it and got pregnant or are trying now...

Please could anyone help ?
Many thanks
Claire18


Hi Claire,

I think either way can have advantages and disadvantages, i guess the only real difference is that N.I is how nature intended it to work,

Take Care and Good Luck

Ed x

by Jimbo2 » 06 Oct 2013

Hi Claire,

I honestly believe that natural is best because it has the advantage of placing the sperm high up into the vagina. Also if the woman experiences orgasm this can also help to get the sperm through. This is not of course a method which everyone would choose and it doesn't mean that other methods cannot be successful.

by paullp » 10 Oct 2013

There as been recent research on fertility issues and different methods of conception AI - IVF - NI. In September there where several articles in the media and the information quoted below was taken from the BBC news health page on the 2013 NICE guidance on fertility.

I quote
The latest update of the Nice guideline on fertility recognises that "the chances of women naturally conceiving are much higher now than they were when the original guideline was written [in 2004],

So while it's harder for older women to get pregnant, and the chance of a chromosomally abnormal child increases, these problems do not increase as sharply as we fear - except perhaps for those trying IVF or artificial insemination.

"Those statistics are more discouraging for older women," explains Twenge. "The difference in success rates in IVF between your early 30s and your late 30s is a lot bigger than the difference in success in natural conception."

Similarly with artificial insemination - the data shows that the success rates are just NOT as high as natural conception rates and can differ by as much as 20 percentage points.

"I think that doctors who give blanket advice to populations… are making all sorts of presumptions," says leading fertility expert Prof Lord Winston. "We eventually find out that so much of this advice is spurious and unnecessary and often wrong."

So is there any "blanket" fertility advice he can give?

"The fact of the matter is, the best way to have a baby is either in bed or by the fireside on the hearth rug."

So it seems from the latest research that NI ie natural conception is going to give you a better chance of conceiving and of having a healthier baby.
This also explains to me why a nurse who I helped to conceive, explained her reason for choosing NI was she had done her research and NI was going to give her a better success rate at conceiving.

Paullp




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