WHEN IS IUI (INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION) TREATMENT RECOMMENDED?
IUI or Intrauterine Insemination also called artificial insemination is the primary infertility treatment preferred by couples who are not able to conceive over the course of a year after trying naturally. While recommending a treatment plan, an IVF specialist keeps the age, medical history and type of infertility of the couple in mind. It’s an ideal treatment for younger couples, but the success rate drops down in women who are over 35 years of age. The most common reasons for doing IUI are a low sperm count (a mild one) if a woman has hostile cervical mucus if treatment with fertility drugs alone is not helpful and even in cases of unexplained infertility.
IUI IS A SIMPLE OPD (OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT) PROCEDURE
It is usually preferred as the first line of treatment before In vitro fertilisation (IVF) as it is cost-effective and less invasive. It involves placing selected sperm of higher motility through a catheter inside a woman’s uterus near to the released egg during ovulation to facilitate fertilisation. A semen sample from a male partner is washed, processed in the laboratory to remove all the inactive or sluggish sperm and only the ones with progressive motility are used. IUI can be combined with fertility drugs if a woman has a problem with ovulation.
It is performed as a simple outpatient procedure. Many of the gynaecologists can do it in their clinic. Before an IUI, the couple needs to undergo some necessary preliminary tests, and the husband requires to provide a semen sample. However, it should be kept in mind that IUI has a lower success rate as compared to IVF, a couple might take a longer time to conceive using IUI as a treatment, and this can increase the cost of the procedure as well.
Cost of IUI
The cost of IUI in India is cheap when compared to other western countries and will depend on the medical case history of a couple. The charges can vary from clinic to clinic and even from city to city. The cost for IUI treatment, when compared to IVF, is nominal. Hence the couple prefers it over IVF. When a couple is recommended with IUI, then the cost of the treatment plan is according to the ultrasound, the blood works, the fertility drugs that would be needed according to the couple’s age and medical history. To know the exact cost of the treatment, you can call us on;7862800700 or mail us at email@example.com. Our financial counsellor will guide you with the cost of the treatment by looking at your medical history.
As the success rate of IUI is lower when compared to IVF, so this factor could also influence the cost of the treatment. The chances of pregnancy in IUI with male factor infertility is very low, and the age of the women also plays a significant role. So, if a couple needs more cycles to conceive successfully, then eventually, the cost of the treatment would be higher. A doctor would recommend IVF if a couple has a history of 3-4 failed IUI cycles. However, if a woman is under 30 years of age and has a lack of ovulation, then the doctor might recommend 1 or 2 more treatment cycles with a stimulated cycle before resorting to IVF. The cost will also differ if the treatment is performed in a natural cycle or a stimulated cycle because one has to pay for medications and injections that are used for ovarian stimulation.
The above graph shows the success rate of pregnancy with an IUI cycle based according to the age of the woman. The chances of pregnancy with just one IUI cycle in woman less than 25 years of age is 20-25%, 15-20% in woman who are less than 30 years of age, 10-15% for women who are less than 35 years of age, 10% for women who are between the ages of 36-40 and 2-5% for women who are above the age of 40.
When considering fertility treatment IUI is the preferred choice as it is affordable for many couples. However, it is advisable to talk to the financial counsellor of the clinic where one is seeking treatment so that he or she can get a clear breakup of the cost of the treatment well in advance. The counsellor will chalk out the treatment plan according to the cause of infertility.