The Female Factor in Aid

  • Emil Steinberger
  • Luis J. Rodriguez-Rigau
  • Keith D. Smith


Sufficient information has accumulated in the literature to permit the conclusion that a complicated interaction between the fertility potentials of each partner determines a couple’s fertility. 1,6 Artificial insemination with donor semen (AID) is one of the techniques utilized to overcome the presence of a severe male factor. AID is practiced usually after a relatively brief evaluation of the female, primarily directed towards exclusion of major disturbances (E.G. tubal disease, anovulation). The analysis of the data obtained in this type of patient population is frequently utilized for the assessment of the efficacy of AID. The recipients are considered as a homogeneous group as far as their fertility potential is concerned. The success rates of AID reported in the literature vary greatly ; pregnancy rates as low as 40% and as high as 80% have been reported.7,8 It is difficult to compare the various reports. Not only do the techniques of insemination and quality of the donor semen probably vary in the different reports but also, and more importantly, the makeup of the recipient population is most likely heterogeneous, being a function of the extent of evaluation and therapy of the AID recipients.


Pregnancy Rate Male Partner Female Partner Artificial Insemination Infertile Couple 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emil Steinberger
    • 1
  • Luis J. Rodriguez-Rigau
    • 1
  • Keith D. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Reproductive Medicine and BiologyUniversity of Texas Medical School at HoustonHoustonUSA

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