What is IUI procedure and how much does the IUI cost?
We all know how tough it is for couples who do not have kids naturally. Not just your own emotional level goes down; you are also asked constant questions from families and friends. So, for all these childless couples, there are a few solutions which they can opt for. One is the IUI procedure or the Intra-Uterine Insemination and another is the IVF or the In-Vitro Fertilization.
Intra-Uterine Insemination procedure involves placing of the sperm inside the women’s uterus so that fertilization can be facilitated. There is no manipulation to the woman’s eggs in this treatment so it is actually not considered as the assisted reproductive technology. It uses a catheter for placing many washed sperms inside the uterus directly. With the help of this, the sperm will reach fallopian tubes in more number and chances of fertilization will be more. Well, if you are wondering about the IUI cost, then, the average cost of a single IUI cycle would be around $850 and the median cost would be around $350.
When is IUI procedure used?
IUI is used when the couples have been trying for a long time to conceive and there has been no success. Also, it can be used when there is unexplained infertility, decreased mobility of sperms, low sperm count, requirement of sperms from donors. Sometimes, cervical conditions too could demand this. Or, there could be ejaculation dysfunction. With the help of IUI, the sperms will get a head start.
What is In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and how much does the IVF cost?
IVF is actually a process by which the egg is fertilized by the sperm outside of the body. It is greatly useful when all other methods of ART or Assisted reproductive technology fail. It involves monitoring and stimulation of a woman’s ovulatory process. How it works is that, it will remove the ovum from a lady’s ovaries and will let the sperm fertilize them. This is done in fluid medium in the laboratory. And, this fertilized egg will be cultured for about 2 to 6 days and will be then transferred into the lady’s uterus and this could result in pregnancy. So, something that is done naturally is done with the help of assistance. These babies are also known as test tube babies because they got formed in the test tubes. Now, coming to the most important aspect, the cost, the cost of artificial insemination in the US could be between $300 and $700 per cycle. And, to this cost, there will be added cost of medications and ultrasound etc., so the total in vitro fertilization cost could actually go up and may vary between $1500 and $4000. Yes, the procedure is a little expensive. The IVF cost actually depends upon the clinic and its reputation and also whether you would be using your husband’s sperm or a donor’s sperm.
After all, babies don’t come cheap. They sometimes make you spend before they come out too.