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IVF or IUI: Which Fertility Treatment Should I Choose?

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

IVF or IUI: Which Fertility Treatment Should I Choose? |

When exploring fertility treatment options if you're struggling to conceive, two of the most common are IVF (in vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine inseminations). How do you decide which one is best for you? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

First, what's the difference between IVF and IUI?

The main difference between these two treatments is that IVF involves egg stimulation, retrieval, fertilization, and transfer while IUI injects sperm into a uterus to speed up sperm travel time to the egg.

How do I decide between IVF and IUI?


The chances of pregnancy between both options heavily depend on a few factors. When you talk to your doctor, you'll most likely do an overview of both with a fertility specialist or consultant at your clinic to discuss the key factors that play a part in deciding which option is right for you. Some of these key factors include:

  • Your diagnosis

  • Risks

  • Age

  • Financial costs

  • Success rates⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Due to different diagnoses, some couples will only have success with IVF. (Click to learn top tips before you start IVF.) Both IVF and IUI result in the same end goal, but deciding where to start should ultimately be something you and your doctor decide together based on your history. ⠀⠀

Above is a chart with a few common diagnoses from my Instagram @elizabethking_coaching. Due to the way each procedure is performed, you can better understand and navigate which to chose. Here are a few other notes about which to choose:


IUI may also be a good fit for you if you also have:

  • Sperm allergy (Read about that here.)

  • Ejaculation dysfunction

  • Single and lesbian women needing donor sperm⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


IVF may also be a good fit if you're experiencing:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • Concern about age⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • Tubal ligation reversal⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Your partner is experiencing semen abnormalities⠀

Ultimately, it will be up to you and your doctor to decide which one is right for you. If you need to chat with someone about your options, book your free discovery call with me to learn how a fertility coach can help in the process.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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