Intrauterine insemination is a simple fertility treatment that helps a woman to conceive. It can be done with or without the use of fertility drugs. The procedure will transfer washed semen into the uterus with a thin catheter. This is done around the time of ovulation.
The Cost Of IUI
An IUI can range in price and depends on several different factors. This includes the cost of fertility drugs. Some insurance plans may cover IUI, so any woman who wishes to have it should check with her insurance plan. Typically, an IUI will cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000.
This procedure is painless and simple. Women undergoing this procedure will not require medications. The first thing that is done is that the semen is prepared. The partner will come in and give a semen sample unless you are using donor sperm. The sperm will be washed. During washing, impurities will be removed, and only viable sperm will remain. If the woman is using donor sperm, this sperm will be thawed before use.
A woman may be given ovulation drugs for their cycle, and their IUI appointment will be on or near the day they are scheduled to ovulate. If a woman is having ovulation difficulties, they may be given a drug like Clomid or Femara that will help to induce ovulation. When they go in for their appointment, they will lay down on the table, and a thin tube will be placed in the cervix where the washed semen will be injected. The doctor may suggest that they lay there for a few minutes or may let them get up immediately. The sperm will not come out of the uterus. They will then wait for two weeks and then do the pregnancy test.
After the IUI procedure, a woman may experience a few minutes of mild cramps but nothing serious. They should not have any discharge, bleeding, or anything else after the procedure.
Many women have had success with the IUI procedure. If it does fail the first time and the woman was not given fertility drugs, their doctor may suggest that they try again with the use of fertility drugs. This is especially true if the doctor believes that they are not ovulating.