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FPAHK offers Artificial Insemination by Husband Service

Ref Number: ESEAOR201303

  • Date1 Mar 2013
  • Category FPA Message
  • Targets Couple
  • AuthorFPAHK
  • Topic Birth and Pregnancy

FPAHK has introduced Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH) to treat couples with subfertility due to mild male factors or unexplained causes. Couples who have been trying to have children but failed to conceive after one year of regular sexual intercourse without contraception are advised to consult FPAHK’s Subfertility Service. They are provided with clinical assessment, investigation, treatment and referral. Suitable couples will be offered AIH treatment, which entails stimulation of ovulation by oral drug followed by insemination where the husband’s washed semen is placed into the uterus. According to clinical literature, the pregnancy rate for each AIH treatment cycle is 8-11%. Medical staff will explain to the couple about the treatment procedures, pregnancy rate and possible complications. Although generally safe for both the mother and the baby, possible complications include drug allergy, ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, pelvic infection, an 8-10% risk of multiple pregnancy and associated obstetric complications.