IUI vs IVF

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

rlaura76:  Do you know what the actual cost difference between IUI and IVF is?  For us, the IUI copay was just $40 whereas an IVF cycle is closer to 9k so it was a huge difference.  We did try 3 IUI’s which did not work and are moving on to IVF.  If you do IUI, will it be medicated?  How long have you been trying?  Are there diagnosed issues?  Many people are successful with IUI, so it may be worth a shot if it is significantly less expensive.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m sorry that I don’t know anything about this subject that is helpful, but this has been bugging me since I saw it in another thread. What is IUI? Intrauterine something?

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

rlaura76:  I’ve also read that IUI success rates are just marginally better than IVF and was ready to move straight to IVF, but my husband wanted to try the IUI per suggestion of the RE since it does work for some.  I am 34 and we’ve been trying for 2 years now.  If it were me, at 39, and having to pay out of pocket for IUI’s at those cost, I think I would just save that and put it toward IVF for the much higher chance of success, especially if you want another child.  As my RE explained it, any extra embroyos we have frozen can be used at any point down the road, and the egg quality and success rate depends on your age when the egg was retrieved, not when you transfer it, so if you wanted another child in 2-3 years, your embroyo is essentially as good as it is today.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

rlaura76:  I’ve also read that IUI success rates are just marginally better than IVF, oops, I mean TI there.  Thanks, best wishes to you as well!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

rlaura76:  Since insurance isnt covering it, then just go to IVF. If your 2 rounds dont work, dont delay and just get on with your next step whether it is donor egg/sperm or adoption. I’ve been at this for 3.5 years and it’s draining (both finacially and emotionally)–5 IUI’s, 1 natual BFP that ended in MC, 2 failed IVFs and now we are starting donor egg. (And I’m 44 now)

Also, if you are doing IVF, I would add some complementary medicine stuff too–weekly accupunture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, fertilty yoga, supplements like vitD, inositol, co-q10, etc

Good Luck and Baby Dust!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

MsW-to-MrsM:  IUI – Interuterine insemination (Basically the cycle is timed and a catheter is used to place washed sample of semen into the uterus. The sperm still have to meet the egg however the distance is a little shorter)

rlaura76:  I may be a little bit of a downer on IUI (as someone that has had 5 failed IUI, working on second IVF) but I would go straight to IVF in your position. I think the success rate would be higher, you got great advice from previous posters but I would be happy to answer any questions if you’d like (had my second IVF in August, no BFPs (yet) waiting for FET). Best of luck with your decision

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m also always researching about IUI and IVF. I found some really helpful videos on Youtube of couples talking about their experiences. You can also check out Mrs. Glitter’s blog, she documented her fertility experience really well, and she now has a beautiful baby girl: http://www.thelessthandomesticgoddess.com/

Sending you much postive vibes! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

While I conceived via IUI, like pinkshoes, my choice was made easier because my insurance essentially covered the cost. Otherwise, I agree with pp, in your situation, i’d go with ivf.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My insurance covered IUI but not the meds for it. Since I’m a poor responder, the meds ran us at least 4k per IUI. We tried two cycles of IUI and got valuable info about how I respond to meds but spent about 10k that we could have put towards IVF. We’ve now moved on to IVF which will run us about $40,000 for two cycles with meds and everything else we need. In your shoes, I would probably skip straight to IVF. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

IUIs for us were ruled out basically as the cost is not much more for IVF than IUIs now. Around $900 for IUI and $1200 for IVF (post Medicare and insurance – yay for new IVF costings just in time for us). BUT that said I am 32 and appear to be perfectly healthy and our Dr was saying IVF right from the beginning. I don’t think they really do IUI at our clinic often as the success rates just aren’t as good as for IVF. (ultimately I guess clinics want to show their success – it’s what pays their bills – you know that and the fact that most people will try just about anything to have their families). Our RE seems to think IUI is more for couples where SA is normal and female is completely healthy except for something like hostile mucus or inability for sperm to meet egg for other physical reasons, then they can by-pass it by putting them as close together as possible. As we are male factor he seemed to believe IUI would only be marginally improve our chances of conceiving whereas he seems very positive that we will be successful thru IVF… I wish I had his positivity haha.

I haven’t really looked into IUI thou because as soon as RE said IVF that’s all I have been living and breathing.

 

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