The dream and desire of every couple is becoming “Mother & Father” to a beautiful baby. Holding the newborn child in our warm hands is such a wonderful feeling. The joy & happiness in parenthood can’t be replaced by anything in this world.

What if you face difficulties in having such joy & happiness of parenthood?

What if you can’t conceive naturally and have a baby?

The aspiration of every mother is to conceive naturally. Still, some couples are not lucky enough to conceive naturally. There might be several reasons for not conceiving.

But, if the reason is infertility, then you there is no need of worrying!

ART – Assisted reproductive technology procedures have come a long way over the past 20-30 years. Among them, IUI – Intrauterine Insemination & IVF – In Vitro Fertilization are two of the most common and most confusing procedures. Both IUI Treatment and IVF are excellent fertility treatments that help people who are struggling to conceive naturally.

Actually, the differences between IUI & IVF are quite broad. In fact, there were a few similarities between these two procedures.

Intrauterine Insemination – IUI Procedure

Intrauterine insemination(IUI) – In this procedure, sperm cells are directly injected directly into the uterus of a woman using a catheter to facilitate fertilization. Sperms might be injected once or twice during ovulation, as the eggs are produced during ovulation.

During natural conception, the sperm has to travel a long way from the vagina to uterus through the cervix, and to the fallopian tubes. But in


procedure high amount of sperms are directly placed into the uterus closer to the egg which increases the chances to become pregnant.

In Vitro Fertilization – IVF Procedure

In Vitro Fertilization(IVF) – It is popularly known as “test-tube babies”(to be conceived outside of mother’s womb). Louise Brown, born in England in 1978, was the first test tube baby. It was a mysterious procedure in the ’70s for infertility problems, but today, IVF is a handy procedure for doctors to handle infertility problems.

The procedure is of different stages that require more than one treatment. In this procedure, before the IVF some medications are given to stimulate the ovaries for increasing the number of eggs. The eggs which are formed after ovulation are taken from the ovary and combined with male sperm in a laboratory for fertilisation. After the formation of an embryo or embryos, they are directly placed into the mother’s uterus.

Let’s know The Factors That Differentiate IUI And IVF & Which one to go?

Both IUI and IVF are excellent procedures. But when you decided to go for fertility treatment, you need to understand some basic factors that differentiate both the procedure, so that you can decide which one best suits you along with your doctor considerations.


The first and foremost factor that comes into any one’s mind considering fertility treatment is cost. Both IUI & IVF have their own benefits. Of course, IUI costs less when compared to IVF but only if it succeeds in the first round of IUI treatment. By considering this factor, most of the couple prefer the IUI procedure.

What if you need multiple cycles of IUI procedure, the cost-effective procedure becomes costly now. However, based on the chances of conceiving with IUI, the IVF procedure might also be a cost-effective one.

Time The time factor tilts both ways considering these two options. IUI is a much shorter process to bring a baby home only if you conceive in the first cycle of treatment. However, considering the success rates between the two treatments, patients in their late 30s to early 40s may conceive faster if they directly consider going for IVF treatment.

Success Rate The most considerable factor irrespective of cost and time is the Success rate when you are opting a fertility treatment between IVF and IUI. The success rates mainly depend on the age of the female, the reason behind infertility and some other variables that affect individual cases.

The average success rate of IUI procedure is 10% to 15% per cycle for women under the age of 35, and nearly 5% for women above 40 years.

When it comes to IVF procedure, the average success rate ranges from 40% to 45% for women under the age of 35 and nearly 15% for women above 42 years.

Risk Factors In IUI process some fertility medication is given to stimulate ovulation process, so there’s a possibility of releasing more than one egg in a cycle which can lead to a risk of multiple pregnancies like twins or triplets or even more. The clinic should be vigilant in monitoring the follicles and should make sure only a required number of eggs are matured before IUI.

As IVF procedure advances in recent times, most of the fertility clinics transfer now only one or two embryos per IVF cycle. As a result, the risk of multiple pregnancies became much lower than it used to be. If the procedure resulting in an excess number of embryos per IVF cycle, the excess embryos are safeguarded for future use.

How To Choose The Right Fertility Treatment?

Choosing the best fertility treatment is completely based on age, financial position, condition of the reproductive system and some other minor variables.

When Should I Choose IUI Procedure?

IUI is an excellent first line of treatment option for many patients, depending on their age and other circumstances. This IUI treatment is very effective when:

  • If the patient has at least one unblocked fallopian tube
  • If the patient is able to ovulate with the help of fertility medication
  • If the patient who has healthy ovarian resources
  • If the patient has a normal uterine cavity

You may be an ideal candidate for IUI and often the treatment will be beneficial for the couples if:

  • the female has an ovulation disorder
  • the female having any cervical issues
  • the female having irregular menstrual cycles
  • the female has endometriosis problem
  • the male has less sperm count or ejaculation issues

If you fall under any of the above cases, discuss with your doctor because IUI might be sensible treatment before considering IVF. If you have any further considerations regarding the number of IUI Cycles you want to attempt, talk to your life partner before you choose IUI treatment. Many people choose approx three failed IUI cycles, while some others might even try up to six before move on to IVF.

When Should I Choose IVF Procedure?

IVF is an exceptional treatment option for most of the people facing infertility problems. There were some proven circumstances also where IVF can also benefit even an infertile couple. IVF has the best success rate than any other infertility treatment. However, the choice of selection has to make by the patient, only after consulting a Fertility Specialist. IVF is a better option for patients who:

  • have a damaged fallopian tubes
  • have ovulation disorders
  • is above the age of 38 years
  • is suffering from endometriosis problem
  • is suffering from severe male-factor infertility
  • Couple has a history of many unsuccessful cycles of IUI
  • has genetic problems
  • has unknown fertility problems

Even though you have gone through the whole article of IVF and IUI differences, still you will have more questions regarding the right and best treatment option for infertility. The best way is to contact a doctor and get assistance in taking the right decision. Our doctors at Angels Fertility Clinic is best in treating all kinds of infertility problems. We have expert Fertility doctor and advanced tech support to perform IVF and IUI. Our doctors will understand the core issues of your infertility to give you the best treatment which helps you to have a beautiful baby.