Tip #26: Semen processing

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A fresh semen sample is being processed for intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination).

Semen contains fluid from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles as well as dead sperm. By washing the sperm through a gradient, we are able to remove the dead sperm and excess fluid. Then, the concentrated sperm sample is placed inside the female partner’s uterus to enhance her likelihood of conceiving.