If you have unsuccessfully undergone multiple IUI, or intrauterine insemination, treatments, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be your next step. IVF assists with more stages of the conception process, and may increase your chances of having a child.
At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Janelle Dorsett will examine your fertility test results and may recommend IVF if it is the appropriate course of treatment. In this blog post, we discuss IVF after failed IUI treatments.
IUI Success Rates
There are a number of factors that affect the success rates of IUI, including the woman’s age and the couple’s fertility diagnosis. Typically, the success rate of IUI ranges from 5 to 20 percent, with younger patients experiencing better results than older patients.
A fertility doctor may recommend trying IVF after three failed IUI cycles. While failed IUI cycles can be extremely sad and frustrating, it is important to remember that IUI assists with fewer stages of conception than IVF. IUI is a good first choice for patients that want to try a less invasive fertility treatment option, but if it doesn’t work, it may be time to consider IVF.
IVF Success Rates
While IUI involves the use of fertility medication, sperm washing, and timing to improve your chances of conception, IVF goes far beyond that. With IVF, patients take fertility medications to stimulate multiple eggs. The eggs are then harvested, fertilized in a laboratory setting, and then fertilized embryos can be transferred to the uterus.
IVF has much higher success rates than IUI, typically between 13 and 43 percent. Again, multiple factors play a role in the success of IVF, including the age of the patient at the time of egg retrieval, the fertility diagnosis, the amount of fertility medication that is used, and the transfer of fresh or frozen embryos.
If male fertility factor is part of your fertility diagnosis, we can perform the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) technique in conjunction with IVF. During ICSI, we inject sperm into the eggs to increase the chances of fertilization.
Your Next Steps
If you have undergone one or more failed IUIs and want to know what your next step should be, schedule an appointment at our Lubbock practice. Dr. Dorsett will review any past fertility tests that you have, order any new tests that are needed, and discuss your concerns with you. If IVF is the right choice for you and your partner’s needs, we will schedule your IVF cycle date and prepare you for IVF.
IVF does involve the use of fertility medications, blood tests, ultrasound appointments, an egg harvesting appointment, and an embryo transfer appointment. This more aggressive treatment process greatly increases the chances of having a baby, but patients should be prepared to comply with all phases of this treatment process.
Contact Our Practice
To find out if IVF is right for you, contact The Centre for Reproductive Medicine today to schedule an appointment. You can contact us online or call us in Lubbock at (806) 788-1212.