Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination where washed, healthy sperm is injected directly into the uterus with the hope of achieving pregnancy. It’s a relatively painless procedure that can be successful for a lot of couples. My husband and I recently underwent IUI in September 2018 and I blogged about our entire experience. If you’re curious about what to expect during an IUI cycle, please read my post!
In this post, I’m going to talk about how much does IUI cost. Keep in mind, every clinic is different! I’m going to be sharing the costs that were provided to us by our fertility clinic here in Dallas.
Legal Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a healthcare professional. I’m speaking only from experience and the information that was provided to us during our own cycle. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
Types of IUI
Before we started our procedure, I was shocked to learn of different IUI methods that are available. Each method is dependent on what kind of infertility the couple is going through. In our case, it was male factor… so our doctor wanted to throw everything at it in hopes of achieving pregnancy.
- Basic IUI
- Natural IUI
- IUI with medication (Clomid, Letrozole, and Femara)
- Combo IUI (With Gonal-F and Clomid)
- COH IUI
What is Combination IUI?
Combination IUI is where you stimulate your ovaries to produce more than 1 mature follicle (or egg) to release upon ovulation. The way I understand it is that this method is commonly used if the male partner has low sperm count. The more eggs you have, the better the chances of pregnancy. Our doctor recommended Combo IUI for us and that is the cycle we tried.
In short, my cycle consisted of me taking Clomid and Gonal-F injections, followed by the trigger shot to stimulate ovulation. The IUI was timed exactly 36 hours after trigger shot.
Cost of IUI
Please keep in mind that these are the prices presented to us from our clinic. We DID NOT have insurance coverage for fertility, so prices can vary for you depending on insurance coverage, location, and individual clinic prices.
- Natural IUI – $500
- IUI with medication (Clomid, Letrozole, and Femara) – $950, Excluding Medications
- Combo IUI (With Gonal-F and Clomid) – $1,300, Excluding Medications
- COH IUI – $1,900
IUI Success Rates
IUI success is higher in younger women. Age can play a huge factor in fertility, so ask your doctor about their recommendations for you. Fertility drops significantly in women after age 35.
Chances of pregnancy with IUI
- Under 35: 10-20%
- Between ages 35-40: 10%
The chances of achieving pregnancy with IUI is significantly lower than more aggressive ART such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It can also take several cycles before being successful. However, it does not mean all hope is lost! Another benefit of IUI is that it is more affordable than IVF.
IUI can be beneficial for a lot of couples. It’s always best to ask your doctor about what options you may have to get pregnant. Wishing you all the luck and baby dust!
Have you tried IUI before? Tell me your experience below!