Oct 19 2015

Comparing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)


A fertility specialist in the labDr. Janelle Dorsett is one of the leading fertility specialists in the Lubbock area, offering patients the information and support they need to make their dreams of having a family come true. She offers the most advanced fertility treatments around, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and effective artificial insemination techniques.

Many patients have asked how IVF compares to artificial insemination procedures. Let's take this opportunity to see how IVF stacks up against intrauterine insemination (IUI).

What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most popular and well known options for fertility treatment. It is highly effective at address male factor infertility as well as female factor infertility, which in turn make it ideal for addressing mixed infertility in a couple.

The process will involve the fertilization of an egg outside of the womb in a lab setting, which will help boost the chances of pregnancy and live birth in a significant fashion.

What to Expect During In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

During IVF, fertility drugs are first used to help promote production of viable eggs and to induce ovulation. Once the eggs are extracted from the woman, they are fertilized using sperm in the lab. This sperm is often specially washed to remove impurities and increase chances of fertilization. The eggs are then placed in an incubator to promote cellular division before being placed back in the womb to be carried to term.

What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination. This kind of artificial insemination is the most effective form available, placing the sperm in closer proximity to a viable egg or eggs than other artificial insemination methods. IUI is an effective treatment for male, female, and mixed factor infertility.

What to Expect During Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

During IUI, a male will provide a sperm sample that will be used as part of the insemination process. This sperm will be specially washed and treated to remove impurities and ensure as many viable sperm are in the semen as possible. A catheter is inserted past the cervix into the uterus. It is through this catheter that the sperm is introduced to the uterus, and the rest of the fertilization process will continue naturally from there.

The Advantages of IVF Over IUI

Simply given the nature of the procedure, IVF tends to be much more effective and more likely to achieve pregnancy and live birth than IUI. This is particularly true if there is an issue with sperm motility or sperm quality. Since the lab settings offer a form of control and monitoring, it's easier to at least have an egg fertilized as part of the IVF process.

The Advantages of IUI Over IVF

Since there is less involved work in the lab, IUI tends to be much more affordable than IVF. This is an important factor to consider for couples who may be able to conceive naturally, but the primary obstacle to overcome involves issues with cervical mucus and so forth.

Creating a Treatment Plan for You and Your Needs

There are many different fertility treatments to consider that may benefit you if you have faced difficulty trying to start a family of your own. To learn more about your treatment options, it's important that you discuss your concerns with a skilled fertility specialists the ones here at our practice.

Learn More About IVF and IUI

To learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and your many other options for starting a family of your dreams, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and discussing various matters with you in greater detail.

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