Here at the Center for Assisted Reproduction, we have helped countless people in and around the greater Dallas area have the child that they have always wanted to have. We offer state-of-the-art male and female infertility treatment, increasing chances of successful pregnancy and also improving chances of a problem-free childbirth.
Two popular options for treatment are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Let's compare the two right now.
About Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination. This particular form of artificial insemination places sperm inside of the uterus to increase the chances of successful fertilization and pregnancy. Previous forms of artificial insemination placed the sperm outside of the uterus.
The IUI procedure is ideal for addressing certain types of male infertility and female infertility issues, including poor sperm motility, issues with thick or inhospitable cervical mucus, and so forth.
How Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Works
During intrauterine insemination (IUI), a catheter is used to introduce sperm directly into the uterus. This catheter allows the sperm to bypass the cervix and come closer to the egg that will be fertilized. Sperm washing may be performed as part of the process in order to improve the overall quality of the sperm used during the IUI process.
About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a very popular and effective fertility treatment. During the IVF process, eggs are fertilized in a controlled lab setting, which means that fertilization occurs outside of the womb. The embryos are then placed back into the womb in order for them to develop fully and be carried to term.
How In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Works
The first set in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the use of fertility drugs to promote the development of multiple viable eggs. These eggs are then harvested during ovulation. A fertility specialist fertilizes the eggs in the lab and allows them to incubate. Once a certain level of cellular division has occurs, the embryo is placed into the womb, where it will ideally attach to the uterine lining and develop into a fetus.
Which is more effective, IVF or IUI?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is generally much more effective than intrauterine insemination (IUI) simply given the amount of involvement that goes into the IVF process. The controlled lab setting also removes a number of variables from the process of fertilization that remain present in IUI.
With that in mind, we should note that IUI tends to be more affordable than IVF and does boost the chances of successful pregnancy as well. While not as effective as IVF in relative terms, IUI has helped countless couples and individuals start the families that they have always wanted to have.
Which is ideal for me, IVF or IUI?
This depends on the nature of your infertility issue and a host of other factors. While some patients would be more suited to intrauterine insemination (IUI), others may feel that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is their best bet for having a child.
During a consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to go over all of these matters in greater detail, helping you make the best possible decision with regard to your fertility treatment options.
Contact the Center for Assisted Reproduction
If you would like more information about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. The entire team at the Center for Assisted Reproduction looks froward to your visit and helping you make smart choices about your fertility treatment options.