For people trying to become parents, the road to pregnancy is always longer than you hope. Even if you’re one of the lucky few who gets pregnant on the first try, the two-week wait can be agonizing. For couples with fertility issues, that two-week wait can turn into a one-year wait that takes you through many emotional highs and lows and medical twist and turns.
People considering fertility treatments often focus on in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF can be highly successful for the right person, but it’s also expensive. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) offers a success rate of 10-20% per cycle. This makes it a highly effective treatment, and one that is much more affordable than IVF. For couples with unexplained infertility and some other fertility issues, it’s a great option. Moreover, because it’s more affordable, most families can pursue several cycles of IUI, increasing the odds of a successful pregnancy without breaking the budget.
A million things can go through your mind when you're about to have, are considering having, or have recently had an intrauterine insemination procedure, also known as an IUI. A few of the questions that you might have included, but aren't limited to:
Whether it’s your first intrauterine insemination (IUI) or your fifth, the prospect of a successful pregnancy can be exciting -- and a little terrifying, too. Success rates vary from person to person, but overall, a few IUI cycles can offer a very high chance of pregnancy -- particularly for couples with unexplained infertility. So what can you expect after IUI? Here’s what you need to know.
If you are considering undergoing Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), you most likely have been trying to get pregnant for awhile now. So, it is understandable that you are ready to get this process going and want to know for sure that your baby is on the way.
IVF and IUI are the two most most commonly used methods of assisted reproduction so it stands to reason that IVF vs IUI is a standard question that couples ask when pursuing fertility treatments. There are factors to weigh on both sides and there is a significant cost difference but there are some situations where only one method will work. Here are some of the considerations your doctor will likely walk you through.