Not everyone has it easy with having children even though most people have a dream of having their own kids. The fact that you have not been able to conceive is no longer a problem these days. There are several methods of conception these days.
One such method is artificial insemination. The general myth about this process is that it is costly. If you are in South Africa, you can visit any of the fertility clinics to get this procedure done.
In this post, we take a look at how much artificial insemination costs in South Africa. We will also consider factors that may affect the cost as well as other issues surrounding artificial insemination.
Cost of artificial insemination in South Africa
We cannot hide the fact from you, artificial insemination is an expensive process. Prices in different countries vary but the fertility industry in South Africa is very credible. In fact, many internationals visit South Africa for fertility purposes.
On average, artificial insemination costs about R7,570 in South Africa. It could be more depending on certain factors which we will consider in the rest of this post. Usually, artificial insemination is just an aspect of a fertility treatment plan which is regarded as comprehensive.
Depending on several variables, prices may vary from one couple to another. Each couple is peculiar even though the main aim is to have a child. You also have to consider if the sperm is from a donor or the male partner. These are just a few of the variables that act as determinants in the process and its price.
What is artificial insemination?
We will try to be as simple as possible with the definition of this phrase. Artificial insemination a process that involves the introduction of semen to the womb of a female with the aim of treating infertility.
The process was first developed as a means of breeding livestock. However, considering the success rate of the process, it was introduced to aid with infertility issues. The process is also known as intrauterine insemination, as this is the most common process used.
Why should you use artificial insemination?
This procedure can be of benefit to you and your spouse in a variety of ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is suggested that a woman should visit a fertility doctor if:
- She is unable to attain conception when she has tried for a year.
- Her periods are irregular.
- She is already above 35-years and is still yet to conceive.
It is also recommended by doctors that any woman who has two or more miscarriages that occur spontaneously, she needs fertility treatment.
Artificial insemination also helps in providing a solution to the following medical situations:
- When a couple produces healthy eggs and sperms but does not have the ability to have intercourse. This may be because of issues like erectile dysfunction.
- Women who suffer from cervical factor infertility. This may be because the cervix doesn’t produce sufficient mucus that helps in the transit of the sperm. It may also be because there is a substance in the mucus that inhibits the sperm.
- Endometriosis causes the cells that should line the internal part of the womb to grow outside.
- Allergies to certain proteins contained in the semen or sperms. In this case, prior to insemination, these proteins are extracted from the sperm.
- Some men don’t have the ability to produce a sufficient amount of sperm needed for successful fertilization. This results in poor motility of the sperm cells as they move towards an egg.
- In the case of certain medical treatments that have infertility as one of their risks. One such treatment is radiation therapy.
Prior to the treatment, it is advised that a man has some of his sperm frozen for future use. This will be needed if there is a need for artificial insemination in the future. Let’s not leave out the fact that in some cases, doctors may recommend this procedure if there is no clear reason for infertility.
Preparing the sample of semen
As we mentioned earlier, the semen can be collected from the male partner or from a donor. A donor may be needed when a male partner is not capable of providing the needed semen. It is also an option when a woman is single and wants to have a child, or for women in a same-sex relationship.
In the case of a donor, the needed semen is collected from a sperm bank. Before a specimen is used, it has to run through several tests.
If the semen specimen is collected from the male partner, it may be collected through any of the following methods:
- From a condom after sexual intercourse.
- Surgical sperm aspiration. In this process, the sperm is removed directly by the surgeon from the reproductive tract.
- In some cases, when a man finds it impossible to ejaculate without help or devices, electric or vibratory stimulation is required.
Risks associated with artificial insemination
Even though artificial insemination may be a great way of attaining your dream of getting children, there are a few risks. We will discuss a few in this section.
- A woman is at risk of multiple conceptions (twins or triplets) if she is taking other fertility medication simultaneously with artificial insemination. One such drug is gonadotrophin.
- There may be chances of complications when there is more than one fetus. Among the complications that could occur are miscarriages or premature birth.
- Ovaries may swell as a result of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) caused by the combination of fertility treatments. OHSS may result in the following symptoms little abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, etc. When it gets severe, it may result in chest pain, dehydration, and a shortage of breath.
Artificial insemination is a great solution to infertility and it is quite affordable in South Africa. We have told you about the factors that affect the price of the procedure. You have also learned about the complications that could arise from the process.