Updated: Sep 23
The most commonly used fertility treatment methods are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Even though these procedures have been used successfully for many decades, people often confuse the two and are unaware of the differences between them. While both fertility treatments are used to achieve the same goal, the processes are different.
WHAT IS IUI?
IUI stands for in intrauterine insemination. It’s also sometimes called artificial insemination. IUI works by putting sperm cells directly into your uterus around the time you’re ovulating, helping the sperm get closer to your egg. This cuts down on the time and distance sperm has to travel, making it easier to fertilize your egg.
Before having the insemination procedure, you may take fertility medicines that stimulate ovulation. Semen is collected from your partner or a donor. It goes through a process called “sperm washing” that collects a concentrated amount of healthy sperm from the semen.
Then your doctor puts the sperm right into your uterus. Pregnancy happens if sperm fertilizes your egg and the fertilized egg implants in the lining of your uterus.
IUI is a simple and low-tech procedure, and it can be less expensive than other types of fertility treatments. It increases your chances of pregnancy, but everyone’s body is different, so there’s no guarantee that IUI will work.
WHAT IS IVF?
IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It’s one of the more widely known types of assisted reproductive technology (ART). IVF works by using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to help sperm fertilize an egg, and help the fertilized egg implant in your uterus.
First, you take medication that makes several of your eggs mature and ready for fertilization. Then the doctor takes the eggs out of your body and mixes them with sperm in a lab, to help the sperm fertilize the eggs. Then they put 1 or more fertilized eggs (embryos) directly into your uterus. Pregnancy happens if any of the embryos implants in the lining of your uterus.
IVF has many steps, and it takes several months to complete the whole process. It sometimes works on the first try, but many people need more than 1 round of IVF to get pregnant. IVF definitely increases your chances of pregnancy if you’re having fertility problems, but there’s no guarantee — everyone’s body is different and IVF won’t work for everyone.
IUI vs. IVF Cost
At Morgan Fertility, we offer compassionate care discount, we keep our costs well below the national average. We believe finances should never be the reason someone gives up on their dream of becoming a parent. Offering exclusive discounts is just one way we can help.
Check out our webpage on Affording Fertility Treatment.
IUI and IVF at Morgan Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
There is nothing more magical than welcoming a beautiful baby into your world. Starting a family can be a momentous task that fundamentally changes your life for the better. Whether you have already started your family or are looking for a little extra help, the assistance of a fertility clinic can make a gigantic difference.
Morgan Fertility and Reproductive Medicine is a company that is dedicated to excellence and committed to assisting you during your fertility journey. Morgan Fertility and Reproductive Medicine feature a roster of handpicked medical professionals who are motivated not only by their work but also by the joy that comes when happy families are formed as a result. Dr. Allen Morgan has been leading the fertility clinic since its inception, and he continues to build upon a 20+ year career within the industry.