IVF vs. IUI: A Point-by-Point Comparison

By mpatel on September 15, 2015

A husband with his arms around his wife, who is pregnant thanks to IVFAt Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we offer a full range of fertility treatment options to patients who wish to start or expand their families by introducing a beautiful new life into the world. Among the most effective and time tested of these fertility treatments are in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Both of these treatments have been used with success throughout the years. Many patients turn to our doctors wanting to know which treatment is superior. In discussing the issue of IVF vs. IUI during consultations at our Scottsdale fertility clinic, our doctors take many factors into consideration, including the ages of the patients, their medical histories, the factors that are likely contributing to their infertility, their finances, and their treatment goals.

Is IVF or IUI the best course of treatment in your case? The best way to find out is to meet with one of our esteemed fertility experts for a confidential, one-on-one consultation at your earliest convenience.

IVF vs. IUI: The Timeline

Many patients attempt to become pregnant through IUI before trying IVF because the former requires less time than the latter. The IUI process takes about one to two weeks; theoretically, a patient could achieve pregnancy within a month of having her first period after consulting with our fertility experts if she opts for IUI treatment. On the other hand, one cycle of IVF requires four to six weeks to complete prior to egg retrieval. Another three to five days then pass before the embryos are transferred.

Timeline advantage: IUI

IVF vs. IUI: Cost

Another reason many patients choose IUI as a first course of fertility treatment is that it is less expensive than an IVF cycle. In fact, patients can undergo three or four cycles of IUI without approaching the cost of one cycle of IVF.

Cost advantage: IUI

IVF vs. IUI: Success Rates

The success rates of IVF have improved substantially over the years as the technologies and techniques associated with the procedure have advanced. There was a time when fertility experts would have recommended that patients attempt at least a few cycles of IUI before moving on to IVF; however, in many cases, the superior success rates of IVF, especially among older patients, make IVF the better option from the start.

At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, our IVF success rates compare favorably to the national averages, as well as to the average IUI success rates. For example:

  • At our practice in 2013, 51.4 percent of IVF cycles among women under 35 resulted in pregnancies. Nationwide, there was a 10 to 20 percent chance of successful pregnancy among women under 35 using IUI.
  • At our practice in 2013, 29.3 percent of IVF cycles among women between the ages of 35 and 37 resulted in pregnancies, while 48 percent of IVF cycles among women between the ages of 38 and 40 resulted in pregnancies. Nationwide, there was a 10 percent chance of successful pregnancy among women between the ages of 35 and 40 using IUI.

Success rate advantage: IVF

Learn More about IVF vs. IUI

To learn more about IVF vs. IUI, please contact Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health today.

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