Wondering when to move from IUI to IVF?
The decision to move from intrauterine insemination (IUI) to in vitro fertilization (IVF) may not come easy. Making this decision involves a discussion with your doctor about which treatment option is right for you. When you come to us for a consultation, our Orange County fertility doctor will answer all your questions, including when to move from IUI to IVF, so that you can determine the best treatment option for you.
What’s the difference between IUI and IVF?
During IUI, our Orange County fertility doctor injects washed and prepared sperm directly into the uterus. IVF is a more-complex process that involves taking injectable fertility medications to stimulate the ovaries. Once the eggs are mature, Robert Anderson MD removes them and an embryologist fertilizes them with sperm in the lab before Dr. Anderson transfers one of the resulting embryos to the uterus.
Both methods offer couples the chance to start or grow their families, but overall success depends on other factors including your age, reproductive health and any underlying health conditions. If you’ve tried IUI without success, talk to our Orange County fertility doctor about when to move from IUI to IVF.
Questions to ask about when to move from IUI to IVF
You should ask your physician several questions about when to move from IUI to IVF.
- What are your IUI success rates?
- What are your IVF success rates?
- What are the benefits and risks of IVF?
- Do you think I’m a good candidate for IVF? Why or why not?
- What can I expect during an IVF cycle?
- What is the time commitment involved in IVF?
- What does one cycle of IVF cost?
- What does one cycle of IUI cost?
These questions are just a starting point. Once you’ve gathered all the information you need, discuss everything with your partner and decide if it’s the right time to move from IUI to IVF.
Contact us with any further questions about IUI or IVF, or to set up an appointment with our Orange County fertility doctor to get started.