Yourwellness Magazine Outlines the Process of Artificial Insemination

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Following the opening of the first ever Artificial National Insemination Centre (AIC) in Mazubuka, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at the artificial insemination process.

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In partnership with the Czech Republic, the Zambian Government has officially launched the first ever Artificial National Insemination Centre (AIC) in Mazubuka in Southern Province, All Africa reported September 14th. The article, “Zambia: Artificial Insemination Centre Open,” announced that the AIC has been created in order to increase livestock productivity through improved reproductive technology such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer. At the official opening of the centre, Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Luxon Kazabu commented, "We are here today to launch the first ever national insemination centre. This will help our livestock farmers in having improved breeds which in turn will boost the sub-sector. The centre also has a gene bank and a semen processing laboratory." (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine was inspired to investigate how artificial insemination is performed. Yourwellness Magazine explained, "Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the technique used to carry out artificial insemination. If a couple decides to have IUI using their own sperm, the man will be asked to provide a sperm sample at the fertility clinic, usually on the same day that IUI treatment takes place…The sperm sample will be 'washed' and filtered using special equipment to remove any dead sperm and impurities. The faster-moving sperm will be kept and any slow-moving sperm will be removed. This produces a concentrated sample of healthy sperm." (

Yourwellness Magazine continued to say that the sperm sample will be passed through a catheter in the woman’s vagina and into the womb. Yourwellness Magazine noted that the insemination process is almost painless for women, but some may experience mild cramping, similar to period pains. Yourwellness Magazine commented that, in the case of using a donor’s sperm, a couple must have counselling before any decision is made by the clinic to proceed. Yourwellness Magazine added that the process is largely the same, with the exception that a sample of frozen sperm from a donor will be thawed out, “washed” and then inserted into the woman’s womb, and all donated sperm is carefully checked for infections and genetic and hereditary disorders.

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