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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) vs. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Weighing Your Options

IVF vs. IUI - San Antonio

Posted on August 22, 2015 — by Joseph E. Martin, M.D., FACOG

A couple looking at a pregnancy testAt the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we always make sure that patients understand their various options for care. This means covering all of the risks and benefits of infertility treatments, ensuring that patients have realistic expectations about the treatments that they will undergo.

We often receive questions from patients wondering if one fertility treatment is more effective than another. With that in mind, let's compare intrauterine insemination (IUI) to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and why one may be better suited for your needs than another.

About Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination. It involves the placement of sperm into a woman's uterus, increasing the chances of successful fertilization and pregnancy. It's an ideal fertility treatment for various kinds of male and female infertility issues, including low sperm count, poor sperm motility, issues with cervical mucus, and so on.

The Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Process

During intrauterine insemination (IUI), a catheter is used to bypass the cervix and allow access into the uterus. Sperm is then introduced into the uterus through the catheter. This sperm may be washed in order to increase the chances of successful conception.

About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is another common fertility treatment, and more involved overall than intrauterine insemination (IUI) or other kinds of artificial insemination procedures. IVF involves the fertilization of eggs in a controlled lab setting to boost the chances of successful pregnancy. It's one of the most popular fertility treatments available, and is used to address both male and female infertility.

The In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Process

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a multi-step process. Fertility medications are used to help promote ovulation. Viable eggs are then carefully harvested from a woman. These eggs are fertilized in the lab and allowed to incubate following insemination. The fertilized eggs are placed back in the womb following cellular division.

Which Is More Effective: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) vs. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

In general, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is much more effective than intrauterine insemination (IUI). IVF is much more involved, and by fertilizing eggs in a controlled setting outside of the body, there is a greater chance of successful pregnancy.

With that in mind, we should point out that IUI is also rather successful, and much more effective than artificial insemination techniques of the past.

Which Is Right for Me: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) vs. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

This can actually depend on a number of factors.

Many couples and individuals who experience serious issues with infertility are more likely to find in vitro fertilization (IVF) better suited to address their needs. Other couples may find that intrauterine insemination (IUI) is more ideal given their situations. It should also be noted that IVF is more expensive than IUI given the amount of additional work required as part o the process, which should be taken into account.

During a consultation at our fertility center, we'll make sure to cover all options that are available to you so you can make a choice with which you are most comfortable.

Schedule a Consultation at the Fertility Center of San Antonio

For more information about in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and other options for artificial insemination and treating infertility, it's important that you contact our team of fertility specialists today. We at Fertility Center of San Antonio will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you start the family you've always wanted.

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