Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), or artificial insemination, can be the first step in fertility treatment for many couples. It is a less expensive and less invasive option than IVF with promising success rates for ideal patients.
This procedure involves placing highly concentrated sperm into a woman’s uterus to boost the chances of conception by increasing the number of sperm that can fertilize an egg (while limiting the risk of multiples).
IUI may be used to treat patients with unexplained infertility, ovulation issues, mild endometriosis, and mild male infertility.
At Vios, our fertility specialists collaborate with you to customize a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and family-building goals while giving you the highest chances of success.
OUR PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO IUI
Our passionate team of fertility specialists at Vios Fertility Institute provides complete care throughout your infertility treatment journey. We believe every patient deserves compassion and attention to support each individual’s emotional and physical needs. Our innovative, cutting-edge technology allows us to evaluate all your treatment options so that we can give every patient the best chance of success. We provide an unparalleled patient experience and personalized care to help you achieve your family-building goals.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Contact us to begin your personalized care at one of our convenient locations:
- Chicago, West Loop
- Chicago, Wicker Park
- Aurora, IL
- Glenview, IL
- Hoffman Estates, IL
- Swansea, IL
- Milwaukee, WI
- St Louis, MO
- O’Fallon, MO
IUI SUCCESS RATES
At Vios, we understand that success rates are unique to each patient. Our team works with every patient to evaluate all treatment options based on medical history, diagnosis, and personal reproductive goals. Although we are always positive about your chances, we also provide you with a realistic fertility plan and keep you informed every step of the way.
Studies show a range for IUI success rates that are measured in a variety of ways (rate of pregnancies, live births, or the odds of multiples). When evaluating treatment options, it’s essential to understand how reported rates (which can conflate various patient types) relate to you as an individual. Your personal chances of success with IUI will depend on several factors, including: age, cause of infertility, and fertility medications (if used).
Repetition can increase your chances of conception, but it’s also important to consider how multiple IUI cycles will impact you financially, emotionally, and physically.
Because IUI only assists natural conception, patients with certain diagnoses may have better chances of success with other treatment options.
VIOS PATIENT TESTIMONIALS
We know that the experiences of individuals who’ve struggled with infertility and ultimately found success can bring hope to those trying to conceive. At Vios, conception is our life and we are grateful to have the opportunity to help our patients successfully build their families.
“Forever grateful to Dr. Rhee and the staff at the Vios St. Louis office for helping us achieve our dreams of growing our family.” – Maggie
“My sweet little baby girl was born in March 2020. I am a SMBC (single mother by choice) and am so excited that I now have a family of my very own. Thank you!” – Melissa
“Everyone was so helpful and empathetic. Dr. Beltsos’ number one concern was us – and making sure we were successful.” – Tiffany
“Dr. Klenov explained everything really clearly so I could understand, and nothing felt rushed at all, like doctors visits sometimes can. It seemed like she really cares about her patients and genuinely wants to make the process as positive as possible.” – Julie
Your IUI cycle treatment at Vios includes:
- Initial pelvic examination (ultrasound)
- Ovarian stimulation
- Monitor follicle development (ultrasound and blood tests)
- Pregnancy test (blood test)
- Early prenatal care
IUI TREATMENT PROCESS AT VIOS
All IUI cycles follow the same general steps, but your treatment process at Vios may be impacted by which fertility medications are used.
1. Stimulation & Monitoring
Patients may receive fertility medications (over 5-14 days) to stimulate the ovaries to increase the number of eggs released into the fallopian tubes (a natural monthly cycle typically produces a single egg). Stimulation typically causes 1-3 follicles to release an egg to mitigate the incidence of multiples. Regular monitoring (blood tests and ultrasound) is essential to track follicle growth and egg development at this stage.
2. Trigger Shot
Once follicle development and estrogen levels reach optimal levels, some patients also receive a hormone injection (or trigger shot) to initiate the final stage of egg maturation.
3. Sperm Collection & Preparation
On the day of the IUI procedure, fresh sperm is collected (or a frozen sample is thawed) and then washed to create a highly concentrated sample.
Washed sperm are then placed into the uterus. The procedure takes only minutes and does not require anesthesia. Patients usually have no discomfort, but may experience mild cramping.
5. Pregnancy Test
After 2 weeks, the patient takes a pregnancy test. Those who do not become pregnant may choose to repeat IUI treatment or explore alternative treatment options.
HOW MUCH DOES IUI COST?
Cost for IUI treatment can be impacted by fertility medications (if used), so Vios offers a variety of medication options and will help guide you to the right choice to meet your individual needs. Although overall IUI can be less expensive than other treatment options (costing anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per cycle), the total cost for the patient increases with repeated treatments. Our Vios IUI pricing packages are designed to help meet your family building goals by giving you the best chance of success and the highest quality care for the best value.
OUR AFFORDABLE CARE PROGRAMS AND FINANCIAL GUIDANCE
At Vios, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to start a family. Our financial and insurance counselors will help you assess your coverage and options to make informed decisions. We offer a variety of affordable care programs to make testing, treatment, and family planning more affordable, so you can worry less about cost and focus on your future family.