When a couple is facing infertility, the decision on how to move forward can be difficult and overwhelming.
In this guide we will talk about:
There is a lot of information available on intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
How do you know which fertility treatment is right for you?
The biggest difference between IUI and IVF is the process of insemination.
IUI is a relatively simple procedure that happens internally, placing sperm directly inside your uterus and closer to your egg.
IVF happens outside of the body.
Aside from the different fertilization processes, there are a few differences between IUI and IVF, including success rates and costs.
IUI success rates for ideal candidates is 10-15% per cycle, whereas IVF has a success rate of 50-60%.
Despite the difference in success rates, many patients choose to try IUI before IVF for many reasons. Here is why:
The cost for both IUI and IVF vary depending on a number of factors.
A typical IUI cycle can cost anywhere from $500 to upwards of $4,000 if the patient is prescribed medications as part of the IUI process. Gonadotropin injections are sometimes recommended for IUI patients who need a stronger ovulation response and each injection can cost up to $2,000.
IVF is much more expensive than IUI, with an average of around $20,000 per cycle. Again, the cost can vary depending on many factors, including location, medications, and pre-existing medical conditions.
Pros to choosing IUI:
To find out if IUI is covered by your insurance, you should contact your insurance carrier directly.
Cons to IUI:
Pros of IVF:
The downsides to IVF:
The decision to seek fertility treatments can be complication and emotional, but you don’t have to feel alone.
There are excellent fertility specialists across the country who can help you decide the best course of action for you.
Your doctor will go over your medical history and answer any questions you have before helping you decide the best next steps.
Need to chat with a fertility doctor?
Here's a list of all the fertility doctors in USA to help you make the best decision.
Are you looking for an IVF clinic?
Here's a list of all the IVF clinics in USA.