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Intrauterine insemination (IUI): artificial insemination for singles and lesbian couples

We want to make insemination (also referred to as intrauterine insemination or IUI) a comfortable, relaxing experience for single women and lesbian couples, one which they can take their time with. We estimate one hour for the discussion, treatment and subsequent rest period.

Insemination at the StorkKlinik: Treatments in a warm, intimate environment

Your team at the StorkKlinik believes that a calm atmosphere is important for conception. You need to get your heart and mind back in the right place again before returning to your hectic everyday life. That’s why we always recommend taking half an hour after the insemination to relax and unwind. We strive to create the right setting for you as a single woman or a lesbian couple, with a harmonious atmosphere, candles and the option to listen to music.

We therefore see ourselves not only as a fertility clinic but also as a meeting place for single and lesbian women standing up for their right to fulfil their dream of having children. That’s why it’s so important to us that you feel comfortable with the insemination and that you feel like you are in good hands with us.

The examination beds in our clinic in Copenhagen are adapted to your body shape and are extra wide so that you can lie comfortably. Of course, there is room for your partner, if you want to rest together after the insemination here in Denmark. Instead of the usual stirrups, our examination beds have support wedges for your feet. This gives you a solid base, so to speak, beneath your feet during the insemination and, for most women, takes away that feeling of helplessness that easily sets in with the traditional position during a gynaecological examination.

To cut a long story short: the entire insemination process goes exactly as per your wishes and expectations.

Preparation of the donor sperm

A few hours before you arrive, the donor sperm is prepared to remove male hormones, bacteria, dead cells and so on. By purifying the sperm in this way, we ensure that only the best and most motile sperm are introduced into the uterus.

As said before, we try to create a familiar, relaxed setting for insemination in our Copenhagen clinic. This also means that we explain each step to you and your partner in detail.

Insemination takes only a few seconds. The donor sperm is introduced into the uterus via a thin catheter at the time of ovulation.

You will find that we use a particularly gentle insemination technique that is also suitable for women who usually have problems with gynaecological examinations.

After insemination – What should single women and lesbian couples pay attention to?

In the days following insemination, normal bodily reactions may occur. It is therefore important that you do not get anxious about it, especially if you are a single woman. If you have chosen insemination as a lesbian couple, it is important that not only you but also your partner know the normal ways in which the female body responds to this treatment.

Normal reactions of the female body after insemination:

  • On the first day, a little “fluid” may flow out of the vagina. This is the remains of the special gel that we use for insemination at the StorkKlinik in Denmark. At body temperature, this becomes very liquid.
  • There may be slight bleeding. Some women have a very sensitive mucous membrane on the cervix, which starts to bleed slightly after being touched. The catheter may irritate or slightly scrape the cervix, causing this minor bleeding. However, it is usually so light that a panty liner is all that is needed. This sort of bleeding is completely safe and does not affect your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Period-like pains: during insemination, around 0.5 ml of nutrient medium containing the sperm cells is injected. The uterus occasionally reacts to this unusual fluid intake with contractions. Because of this, some women experience period-like pains, but this does not affect your chances of getting pregnant. 

Insemination in Denmark: single women and lesbian couples should undergo these tests

Legal requirements for insemination in Denmark

Danish law requires that the originals of your laboratory tests be available prior to insemination. The law also requires that you check that we have received and can accept your laboratory results. We therefore request you to contact us by phone or email before your insemination appointment. Laboratory results for hepatitis B (HBsAg and anti-HBc), hepatitis C and HIV may be up to 2 years old, but must come from an ISO-certified laboratory.

If the sperm for your treatment does not come from a sperm bank, the man from whom you have received the donor sperm must submit the same laboratory samples as you. These must also come from an ISO-certified laboratory.

 

The StorkKlinik in Denmark also makes the following recommendations for insemination:

  • Test a blood sample for rubella antibodies to see if you have had or been vaccinated against rubella. If you have no immunity to this disease, we recommend getting vaccinated before insemination, as this illness during pregnancy could cause serious damage to the foetus. However, you must wait 1 month after having the MMR vaccination before treatment can begin.
  • Determine the values of FSH, LH, oestradiol, AMH, prolactin and TSH by a blood test on the 2nd or 3rd day of your cycle.

If you have ever had an infection of the uterus or the fallopian tubes, a chlamydia infection or gonorrhoea, your fallopian tubes may be blocked, and sperm and eggs may thus no longer be able to pass through. Because this infection is also silent, i.e. it does not have any symptoms, we recommend that you get yourself examined by a gynaecologist before insemination to assess the likelihood of getting pregnant by insemination.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

If you have a positive MRSA finding in your medical history, you must submit at least three MRSA swabs with negative findings, all of which have been taken after completion of the MRSA treatment. The last swab must have been taken no earlier than six months after the treatment completion.

If you have had contact with a person who is MRSA-positive or have been treated at a hospital outside of Scandinavia within the last six months, the risk of infection and thus the possibility of treatment will be assessed by one of our doctors at the StorkKlinik.

Side effects of insemination: when should you consult a doctor?

It is essential that you consult a doctor in the following cases:

  • Severe bleeding that is becoming increasingly heavier
  • Fever
  • Increasing, unpleasant-smelling discharge

See a doctor immediately if you feel dizzy, experience shortness of breath or if your skin becomes red, as these may all be signs of an allergic reaction.

Do not take a bath or go swimming in the 24 hours after insemination, as this is associated with a slight risk of infection. You do not need to take any other precautions, just live as healthily and normally as possible. Exercise or do sports as usual, go to work and do not change your lifestyle in any other way.

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Our opening times:

Mon and Thu: 08:00 - 18:00
Tue, Wed and Fri: 08:00 - 16:00
Sat, Sun and holiday: 08:30 - 15:00

Schedule an appointment:

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We look forward to hearing from you!