Intrauterine insemination (IUI) vs. in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a question fertility doctors get asked a lot? Which is better, IUI or IVF? What does IUI cost vs IVF? IUI vs IVF.
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An intrauterine insemination (IUI) is quick, taking about five to 10 minutes. In most instances the IUI is pretty painless, potentially causing mild cramping, but it generally isn't more uncomfortable than a Pap smear. (In some instances, women find the cramping can be severe.)
Immediately after the procedure, the woman lies on her back for approximately 20 minutes. Then, even though potentially a life-altering event has occurred, she can get dressed and get back to her routine. Some doctors suggest taking it a bit easy for the rest of the day.
Doctors often recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) for couples with unexplained infertility or mild male-factor infertility. Doctors generally suggest IUI for women or couples, except for those with:
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Severe fallopian tube damage
- Very poor egg quality
- Male partners who have severe infertility, such as total motile sperm count less than 5 million