IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is an assisted reproductive technique that is fairly common and simple. It is also known by the name of artificial insemination. In IUI, a small tube is used to place sperm that has been washed into the uterus in hopes that a pregnancy will result.
In the world of fertility treatments, IUI is one of the cheapest, and one of the most simple to perform. Therefore, it is very often one of the first treatments used when a couple seeks out fertility treatments.
Couples who are just beginning their fertility treatment journey are often good candidates for IUI. This is because of the simplicity of the procedure, as well as the cost. Sometimes, in cases of low sperm counts, IUI can be a great choice. If a woman has problems with her cervical mucus, or unexplained infertility which is not helped by Clomid, then IUI might be considered.
IUI is much more affordable than other treatments as well. One IUI cycle costs around $3000, while one IVF cycle costs around $12,000. The lower cost of IUI often draws couples to it as an option.
As mentioned before, IUI is one of the simplest assisted reproductive techniques out there. Usually, a woman will be given a medication such as Clomid to help improve the odds of getting pregnant. Then, a woman works in conjunction with her doctor to determine when she is ovulating.
After that, a sperm sample will be taken from the male partner, and “washed” to ensure that only the healthiest sperm are used. Finally, the washed sperm will be inserted into the uterus using a catheter. In about two weeks, a woman will be able to take a pregnancy test.
It is very important to note that IUI is not nearly as successful as IVF or some other assisted reproductive techniques. However, it is also not as expensive and not as invasive either. The odds for a woman become pregnant during any cycle IUI cycle are somewhere between 5-20 percent. The chances will be around 20 percent if a woman takes fertility drugs like Clomid during the procedure. While the success chances of IUI are not as high as other techniques might be, some couples find that the lower cost of IUI means that they can go through multiple cycles. This might mean a greater level of success than other treatment methods.