While IVF treatments have advanced in effectiveness since being introduced, there has been little change over the past 20 years in the step that infertile couples take before turning to IVF – artificial insemination.
Now, Fertiligent has devised a better way to administer Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) which increases the chances of success and could significantly reduce the number of couples who must turn to IVF.
The theory behind the Fertiligent device is to mimic the way in which conception occurs naturally – introducing the sperm into the uterus over a period of several hours.
In the natural fertility process, the cervix corrals the sperm, and releases them into the womb in small groups. In this way, the egg will encounter only a suitable number of sperm when it is ready.
“It turns out that the egg is quite particular when receiving guests. It is incapable of meeting all the sperm simultaneously. When the egg is flooded by sperm, it seals itself off and refuses to meet even one,” Ronnie Klein, Fertiligent’s CEO told ISRAEL21c.
According to the company, Fertiligent, pictured above, is composed of a disposable sperm-adjusted pump, a patented real-time sperm strainer and a catheter.
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