Today with infertility becoming more common, a lot of couple are seeking fertility treatments like IUI and IVF. It can be quite confusing when patient is provided with both options and asked to choose.

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) are two of the most popular infertility treatments which enhance a couple’s chance of becoming pregnant.

But, how do you choose from these two?

Should you attempt IUI before IVF? Or should you choose IVF first? All these questions can puzzle you if you lack the essential information required to make the best decision for yourself.

So, understanding who can be benefited from these techniques, what process each involves is important to come to a clear decision. Dr. R.G. Patel, an Infertility & IVF specialist in Ahmedabad, India at Sunflower Women’s Hospital provides thorough guidance to infertile couples with rich experience of 22 years.

Therefore, let’s start with the most essential information about how IUI and IVF process work towards promoting fertility in couples who wish to get pregnant, but are not able to, because of their infertility.

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

IUI is a process where sperm is placed directly into a woman’s uterus trying to accomplish fertilization.

You may benefit from an IUI if:

  • The woman has an ovulation disorder
  • The woman has a cervical factor, stenosis of os, antibodies.
  • The female has mild endometriosis
  • The male has a low sperm count
  • The male has erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction.
  • You are utilizing donor sperm
  • Unexplained infertility

The IUI Process
The IUI process has 3 essential steps:

  • Ovulation induction and follicular study
  • Semen collection
  • Insemination
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)

IVF is the process where a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm are combined outside of the body to accomplish fertilization. The fertilized embryo(s) are then placed directly into the uterus with the hopes of producing an effective pregnancy.

Some doctors tend to suggest women in certain circumstances such as those with a tubal ligation, serious cases of endometriosis, low sperm count and motility and those approaching and above their 40’s go directly for the IVF route.

The IVF Process
IVF process has 4 basic steps:

  • Ovulation Induction
  • Egg Retrieval
  • Fertilization
  • Embryo Transfer

You may benefit from IVF if:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Ovulation disorders
  • The female has advanced endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • The male has a low sperm count
  • One or both partners have a genetic disorder
  • The couple has 3 or more failed IUI cycles
  • Unexplained infertility
Which treatment is right for you?

Choosing between IUI and IVF relies upon your age and the conditions of both the partner’s reproductive organs. According to the condition and situation, an infertility specialist will suggest the right choice for you. Both procedures have promising histories of being effective, and it is up to you to decide which way you are most comfortable with.

Consult an Infertility Specialist

If you are still trying to decide between IUI or IVF, the expert team at Sunflower Hospital can assist. Our certified reproductive endocrinologists and embryologists will work with you to decide which treatment is best for your specific needs. Call us at 079-27410080 / 9687607355 or request an appointment for a consultation.

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