IVF After Failed IUIs
By Dr. Kalan on February 04, 2019
A number of patients are able to achieve pregnancy and live birth thanks to intrauterine insemination (IUI). However, there are times when multiple IUI treatments fail to yield results. In such cases, it may be worthwhile to consider in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is still one of the most popular and effective fertility treatment options. The team at Los Angeles Reproductive Center has assisted countless patients dealing with their struggles.
Sometimes it takes proper insight to determine the right time to try IVF after IUI failures. The team at our Los Angeles, CA fertility centers would like to go over some of the basic considerations below.
Why Couples May First Consider IUI
IUI is much more affordable than IVF, and tends to be much less invasive. Cycle are easier to complete, and there are special treatments that can help boost the chances of treatment success.
What Is the Success Rate of IUI?
The success rate of IUI is relatively low, averaging roughly 20 percent. Keep in mind that the age and health of both partners can affect the overall success rate. This can be discussed in more detail as part of the consultation process.
When to Consider IVF After Failed IUI
Typically patients will want to consider IVF after they’ve experienced two or more IUI cycles. Given the success rate of IUI, some couples try three or more cycles before they consider giving IVF a shot.
It’s important to discuss these matters with your fertility specialist as they will have more insight into your chances of success with a subsequent IUI cycle versus switching to IVF.
How IVF Is Different Than IUI
During IVF, viable eggs are retrieved from a woman and fertilized in a lab setting. This ensures that sperm reaches the egg and begins the process of cellular division. Once the embryo is ready, it is then transferred to a woman’s uterus to be carried to term.
Given how much more intensive and involved IVF is than IUI, the procedures offers greater chances of pregnancy and live birth.
What Is the Success Rate of IVF?
On average, the success rate for IVF can be as high as 40 percent. Like IUI, however, the age and health of the couple does affect overall success rates. It’s important to keep that in mind, and a fertility specialist can go over these matters with you during the consultation process.
Is IUI or IVF Right for Me?
Both IUI and IVF can help patients start families of their own. However, some patients may wish to save on fertility treatment, trying multiple cycles of IUI first before committing themselves to an IVF cycle. Other times, patients may want to consider IVF first since it offers a greater likelihood of pregnancy and live birth.
During a consultation with our team, we can go over both options in much greater detail and help determine the right treatment for you.
Contact an Experienced Fertility Specialist
If you would like more information about IVF, IUI, and your many options for starting a family, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists. The team at Los Angeles Reproductive Center is here to help. You can reach our Los Angeles and Encino offices by phone at (818) 208-5481.
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