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IUI procedure vs IVF : Choosing the best infertility treatment for positive pregnancy

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 07 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Neha Gupta - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

IVF and IUI procedures are the top infertility treatments for infertile couples. IUI treatment is used in case of male infertility, unexplained fertility, and usage of donor sperms. IVF procedure is chosen when both the partners have infertility problems, presence of blocked fallopian tubes, and endometriosis.

Let’s Discuss in More Details About IUI or IVF:

You have been thinking about fertility treatment, but what are our options?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI treatment) and in vitro fertilization (IVF treatment) are among the most common fertility treatments.

 IVF treatment right for you? What’s the difference between IUI treatment and IVF treatment as both are the infertility treatment? What factors should you consider when deciding between infertility treatment: IUI treatment and IVF treatment? So many questions!

But your first question should be why are you considering fertility treatment. The why will determine whether using IUI treatment or IVF treatment makes the most sense.

Why Should You Choose IUI Treatment?

If your partner’s sperm just needs a little help getting to your egg, IUI might be right for you. It is a long journey to get to that egg! With sex, the man’s sperm has to travel from the vagina to the cervix, to the uterus, and then to one of the fallopian tubes. And, there’s timing. Ovulation must have taken place and a fully mature egg needs to be waiting once the sperm cells that have completed the long journey have arrived at their destination.

IUI, IUI Treatment

Perhaps your partner has low sperm count IUI can ensure that sperm reaches their destination. Perhaps you have ovulation disorder ovulation inducing medicine combined with IUI can help your egg and your partner’s sperm get the timing right. 

Perhaps you’ve decided to use donor sperm or your partner has previously decided to freeze his sperm (usually done before invasive treatments that might affect reproduction) IUI will deliver that previously collected sperm to your egg.

In all these cases, IUI might be a great choice.

IUI might also be the right choice when you and your doctor aren’t sure of the reason why you haven’t been able to get pregnant. IUI treatment costs less than IVF treatment, and many couples will choose IUI to try to solve their fertility issues before approaching IVF infertility treatment.

Why Should You Choose IVF Treatment?

All IUI scenarios assume that the woman has at least one open fallopian tube, has good egg quality and that her ovulation can be induced with medications. If these preconditions have not been met, then IVF is a more appropriate choice.

IUI Treatment

IUI delivers healthy sperm to the right location at the right time but leaves the chance and the process of fertilization to the body. With IVF treatment, the sperm and egg are combined in a lab to create the embryo. Only once the embryo is formed will it be inserted into the body.

What Is The Process of IVF?

IVF leverages fertility medication to produce multiple eggs, and those eggs are fertilized with the donor’s sperm in a lab. Usually, multiple embryos are created, and doctors choose the strongest, healthiest embryo to plant back into the uterus. Other embryos can be frozen and donated, or used for subsequent rounds of IVF.

IVF allows doctors to better control the situation and leaves less to chance. This might be necessary, depending on your health and age. IVF also has better success rates depending on your health and age, so, in some cases, patients choose to skip IUI in favor of IVF infertility treatment.

Dr. Neha Gupta

Written by

Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist

Dr. Neha Gupta is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Gurgaon. She has been practicing for many years now. Her rich experience in Normal Vaginal Delivery, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Hysterectomy and Tubectomy makes her the most preferred names in Gurgaon. She has acquired MBBS in 2004, DNB from National Board of Examinations in 2009 and MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Maulana Azad Medical College in 2009. She is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London. Dr. Neha Gupta has an expertise in Intrauterine Insemination and is practicing at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon. You can get the contact details of Dr. Neha Gupta at


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Sarita Kundu

For not being fertile IVF was the best option for me. With so much research we got the best treatment for IVF in Delhi. It was a successful treatment and gave us the honor of becoming parents.

Aug. 9, 2018, 9:45 p.m. 4.5


Neetu Singh

As there was some infertility problem with my husband, so we went for IUI. IUI is basically for males to make their sperm reach to the egg easily. Thankfully we got a good and successful treatment.

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:13 p.m. 5.0


Surbhi Jaiswal

Low sperm count is the major challenge with male infertility. Walnuts, berries and low carb food can help in increasing the sperm count.

Aug. 24, 2017, 3:52 p.m. 5.0


Cherish Cogswell

Where the female partners are more infertile, those couples can go for a IVF treatment instead of IUI.

Aug. 24, 2017, 3:50 p.m. 4.5


Phinni Manalo

IUI treatment has helped a large number of couples facing infertility issues. It can even help women with cancer who haven't started with chemotherapy or radioactive therapy.

Aug. 24, 2017, 1:43 p.m. 5.0

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