IVF vs. IUI
When couples have been trying to conceive a child for over one year (if under the age of 35) or for more than 6 months (if over the age of 35), they may be concerned about infertility. Luckily, there are options with modern science, and what used to be rare, costly, and risky are ways that have been researched and performed at a much higher success rate.
Two very popular options for infertility are IUI and IVF. They both have one purpose: to achieve successful pregnancies in couples that have felt like they would not be able to conceive. With today’s modern science, the choices are available, and it depends on the woman’s reproductive health as well as the man’s. Here are the main differences of the two to help you decide which option you would like to choose.
If you are considering IUI or IVF, it is important to know the difference between the two methods. With IUI, extracted and concentrated sperm are inserted into the woman’s uterus. Timed during when you ovulate, this increases the chances of the sperm fertilizing the egg. With IVF, after you take medication to stimulate your ovaries, the eggs are extracted and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. Once an embryo develops, it is placed into your uterus.
Another factor to consider when choosing between the two is the cause of infertility. If the cause of infertility is not related to blocked fallopian tubes, then IUI may be for you. IUI is also beneficial for low sperm counts, low mobility of sperm, a disability that prevents you from being able to have sex, premature ejaculation, or mild endometriosis. IVF is used for more severe infertility, such as severe endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, the inability for ovaries to become stimulated with medication, severe low sperm count or mobility, a depleted egg supply, and if you are over 38.
Cost and Success Rates
IVF is much more costly than IUI, but the success rate is higher. Many couples choose to start with IUI since it is more cost-effective, unless they have infertility issues that will not be fixed with this method. After three to four unsuccessful attempts many couples try IVF.
The good news is that if you are having trouble conceiving, there are options and these options can be quite successful. Talking to your physician will help you make a decision about which method to try, and before you know it, you may be welcoming the newest addition to your family!