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IUI vs. IVF: Which is the Right Choice For You?

Making the choice to have a baby is a life-altering decision, and choosing your fertility treatment type can be an even grander choice.  When individuals are unable to conceive naturally, searching for the right fertility treatment can feel overwhelming, stressful, and confusing as you try to sort through information about your treatment options. Fertility treatment is not a black and white decision- each individual’s situation is distinctive and unique. The most common types of fertility treatments are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Continue reading to learn and understand more about IUI and IVF treatments and get a better idea of which fertility treatment may best suit you.

Which Treatment is More Complicated?

Both techniques are intricate and complex, but one procedure may be less involved than the other. IUI is considered to be a single method, where the ready sperm is positioned directly in the patient’s uterus when she is ovulating in order to support fertilization. IUI is most often implemented in sync with a woman’s natural cycle or scheduled with fertility medications to stimulate ovulation. IVF entails several phases and involves more than one method to help achieve a pregnancy. IVF begins with the ovaries being stimulated by a series of fertility medications. Then the patient will commence the egg retrieval process under a minor sedative. Embryos created and incubated in the physician’s lab are positioned directly into the patient’s uterus during the embryo transfer process. Overall, IUI is a less physically-demanding procedure than IVF.

Which Treatment has a Higher Risk of Multiple Pregnancies?

Whether you chose IUI or IVF – just be aware that you might end up with more than one baby! IUI procedure with fertility treatments can sometimes result in multiple pregnancies. As a precaution, your doctor should observe your follicles to verify that only a safe number are mature before the IUI procedure. Considering current innovations in IVF, the majority of clinics now transfer only one or two embryos per IVF cycle. IVF is known to have a lower risk of multiple pregnancies with the advancement of research and technology.

Which Treatment is More Successful?

Every individual’s situation and body is special and will respond to each procedure differently. There are so many variables and factors that affect each fertility process, and success can depend on each specific case. Statistically, IUI has lower success rates than IVF. IUI procedure average success rates range from 8% to 15% per cycle for patients under 35 years old to 2% to 5% for patients over 40 years old. IVF using a woman’s own eggs has average success rates ranging from 40% to 45% for patients less than 35 years old and 15% or less for women over 42 years old.

Which Treatment is More Timely?

Life is all about timing. It is important to recognize that IUI is a quicker procedure than IVF. IUI ultimately depends on if the first cycle is successful – if so, it may be the quickest path to expanding your family. However, because of the break in success rates between the two procedures, some patients in their late 30’s to early 40’s may get pregnant sooner going directly to IVF. IVF can freeze embryos (eggs fertilized by sperm) and be transferred at a later date. Your doctor will discuss your individual situation with you and help determine which option may be best.

IUI and IVF Treatment Near You in New York

At NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, we provide groundbreaking treatments and individualized care to help you navigate your various fertility treatment options. We provide a comfortable, professional, and supportive environment, and we will always put our patients’ needs first. Contact us to learn more about your fertility treatment options or to schedule an appointment today.