What is the difference between IUI and IVF?

Best IUI and IVF Fertility Treatment Clinic in Hyderabad

There is no single cause of infertility. Each infertility case is unique in its cause, severity and treatment that is needed. Assisted reproductive treatment procedures today provide big relief for couples facing troubles with these infertility problems.

Of all the procedures available today, IVF & IUI are the two most common fertility treatments recommended because they bypass the most common infertility issues to offer the best possible chances of conception. But the similarity ends there, both procedures are different to each other and are prescribed in a different set of conditions.

So how do they differ from each other and when does a fertility specialist prescribe one over the other? With the inputs from our fertility experts at Kamineni Fertility, we answer your questions today here.

Before we delve into both these topics, we give you a refresher about fertility treatment procedures and then delve into the differences between the procedures. Read on:

Fertility Treatment Procedures - Causes of Fertility

Infertility happens when a healthy sperm fails to reach to healthy egg to enable conception. There are many reasons why this can happen. Fertility treatments help a couple conceive by clearing the roadblocks that stop fertilization.

Few infertility cases are easily solved by simple non-surgical procedures but severe ones may need a more extensive surgical approach to improve chances. While IUI is this simple non-surgical fertility treatment, IVF is the more extensive and advanced ART treatment that offers the highest possible success. Here’s how they differ:

Difference between IUI & IVF:

IUI vs IVF - Procedure:

Intra Uterine Insemination is a procedure in which washed and processed sperm is placed into a woman’s uterine cavity using a tiny catheter. The processing of the sperm increases the concentration and the direct placement into the uterine cavity reduces the distance that is to be travelled by the sperm which significantly increases the fertilization chances.

As discussed in our previous blogs here, IVF treatment in Hyderabad is an extensive ART procedure that leaves no room for chance. An IVF specialist stimulates the ovaries to collect the healthy eggs which fertilized in the lab with the sperm. Embryos/Embryos that are grown from fertilization are placed in the uterine cavity to ensure successful implantation and pregnancy.

The key difference between IVF and IUI is the fertilization process. While fertilization in IUI happens in the uterine cavity, fertilization in IVF treatment is induced in an external lab by IVF experts, making it more successful.

IUI vs IVF - Time for pregnancy:

IUI is a simple & non-invasive fertility treatment procedure that takes not more than 15 to 20 minutes. The key procedure of placing the sperm in the uterine activity itself takes 2-3 minutes.

IVF is a meticulous surgical process where each cycle of IVF contains several individual steps like IUI. From the point of IVF consultation to the transfer of embryos, the total IVF treatment cycle average may last for 6-8 weeks.

IUI vs IVF - Cost of IUI and IVF treatment in Hyderabad:

IUI is a relatively simple non-invasive procedure as compared to IVF and the cost difference between the procedures is significant. IUI is a less expensive short procedure and IVF is a state-of-art and extensive and as a result an expensive fertility treatment procedure.

The end-to-end, meticulous nature of IVF is also why the success of IVF is 3 times the success of IUI. However, the cost of IVF in Hyderabad may vary from clinic to clinic and is dependent on the success rate of IVF treatment in the clinic and also the number of IVF cycles required for conception.

IUI vs IVF - Suitability of the candidate:

IUI is suggested by fertility experts as the first line of infertility treatment for mild male factor infertility, mild endometriosis and unexplained infertility in the couple.

IVF treatment in general is the gold-standard fertility procedure which is suggested in severe cases of infertility as the last line of defense. Even at best IVF clinics in Hyderabad IVF is usually suggested after 3 failed IUI cycles.

IUI vs IVF – Which is the right fertility treatment procedure?

IUI is the primary fertility treatment procedure which could be a good fit in the following cases:

  • Ejaculation dysfunction- male partner facing ejaculation difficulties.
  • Sub-optimal sperm parameters (Lower sperm count, motility and abnormal morphology or shape of sperm)
  • Donor sperm/frozen sperm is used for fertilization.
  • Infertility due to ovulation problems in women.

While IUI is recommended in cases with the above reasons for infertility, IVF is recommended for all other cases. IVF treatment in Hyderabad is the go-to treatment procedure in the following cases:

  • Lack of ovulation in a woman
  • Abnormally low sperm parameter (count or motility)
  • Blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids & advanced endometriosis.
  • Poor egg quality or quantity.
  • Genetic disorders
  • IVF surrogacy/egg donation.

IUI vs IVF - Chances of success

While IUI is a simple procedure that can tackle a few infertilities cases IVF being an extensive fertility treatment procedure tackle almost all cases of infertility. So, IVF treatment in Hyderabad naturally offers a higher chance of success. “Given IVF is a more advanced fertility treatment procedure it offers almost a 3x success rate is commonly recorded at our IVF clinic in Hyderabad”, says our IVF experts at Kamineni fertility.

However, the success rate of IVF is highly dependent on the cause of infertility, the age of the woman and the quality of IVF expertise and infrastructure. When the cause and age remain the same, the success rate of IVF boils down to the IVF expertise and quality of IVF laboratories, support and assistance.

At Kamineni fertility we power the expertise of our IVF specialists with state-of-art IVF infrastructure to offer one of the highest IVF success rates in Hyderabad. From the moment, you enter our doors to the day you hold your little bundle of joy in your hands, we offer a complete end-to-end fertility treatment that is customized to the specific cause of infertility. If you are looking for IUI or IVF treatment in Hyderabad, you can contact us here: https://www.kaminenifertility.com

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