The cost of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is not very expensive if compared to other reproductive technologies. This is due to the simplicity of the procedure, which makes in painless, and does not require the use of specific instruments.
Depending on the fertility clinic that you choose to carry out the treatment and the type of insemination you undergo, the cost will vary, as we will see in the following sections.
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Fees included in the cost of IUI
The costs associated with intrauterine insemination vary depending on the type of insemination your are undergoing.
- Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH): between $300 and $800 approximately.
- Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID): between $300 and $4,000 approximately.
As one shall see, AID is more expensive due to the screening tests for the donor, as well as the financial compensation paid to the donor for the potential inconveniences, risks, and work hours lost during the process.
It is also crucial to determine what tests, treatments, and other aspects are included in the total cost of the technique, and which ones are not.
In general, the initial quotation for an IUI includes the following procedures:
- Ultrasound scans and blood tests during the treatment cycle
- Monitoring visits to control the ovarian stimulation process and schedule the insemination for the ideal moment, that is, when the woman is about to ovulate
- Processing of the semen sample
- Financial compensation to the donor, in cases of AID
- Blood tests necessary for the donor, in cases of AID
- Measurement of beta-hCG hormone to determine if pregnancy has occurred
It is important that you keep in mind that not all these services are included in the total cost of an insemination procedure. In this sense, there is great variation between clinics. Thus, we strongly recommend that you read carefully the quotation of each and ask them any question you may have in relation to it.
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Finally, one should note that in both AIH and AID, the cost of the medications needed is not included.
Ovarian stimulation medications
When inseminating the patient, the specialist must be very careful that it is done on the same day she ovulates. By doing this, we increase the chances for the egg-sperm binding to occur and therefore, for pregnancy to be possible.
In order to be able to monitor the menstrual cycle and get specific information about the exact ovulation moment, the patient is prescribed hormone medications. This stage is known as ovarian stimulation, since it allows multiple eggs to mature aside for regulating the cycle.
Since fertilization happens in the female reproductive tract as in natural fertilization, the dosage prescribed should be as low as possible. By doing this, we make sure that only one or two eggs mature. In short, this allows us to increase the success rate without rising the multiple pregnancy chances.
In total, the stimulation phase can last 8-10 days, and is based on self-administering hormone medications (GnRH analogs and gonadotropins) subcutaneously. When the process finishes, the woman is given hCG hormone to trigger ovulation (the so-called hCG shot).
The dosage as well as the type of medication used vary depending on the particularities of each case, including age, morphology of the ovaries, ovarian reserve, response to medications, etc. All these factor are determinant when it comes to establishing a medication protocol.
Also, based on the medication protocol indicated by your doctor, the cost of the treatment will be different. In any case, the approximate fees for fertility drugs used in IUI cycles ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.
Differences between IUI and IVF
As explained above, during an IUI procedure the woman receives mild ovarian stimulation. This makes the cost of IUI cheaper in comparison with IVF, where the dosage administered is greater.
Other aspects that make the cost of IUI lower than that of IVF is the need for surgery and anesthesia.
Intrauterine insemination is a painless procedure, hence the fact that anesthesia is not required. Also, no special instruments or equipment is necessary. In fact, it is typically carried out at the doctor's office.
Finally, with IVF, embryo culture is needed, which increases the cost of the treatment to a large extent.
FAQs from users
Is the cost of donor sperm included in IUI quotations?
Normally, quotations for intrauterine insemination with donor sperm include all costs derived from the use of donor sperm, that is, the screening process as well as the financial compensation.
It is possible that some clinics do not include it in the total cost, although it is rare.
Is the cost of a second or third IUI attempt lower?
It depends on each clinic and the IUI programs they offer. Some offer special plan that include a limited number of attempts without additional costs, while others offer guaranteed pregnancy packages. You should ask this question to your clinic.
Is IUI cheaper if you are a single mother?
No, in general, the cost of IUI does not vary based on the family type.
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