IUI vs. IVF - Chicago - IUI vs. IVF: Comparing Two Effective Fertility Treatments

155487.jpgAt Fertility Centers of Illinois/Laurence A. Jacobs M.D., we offer a comprehensive range of advanced fertility treatments designed to address both female factor infertility and male factor infertility. Among the most consistentlysuccessful of these treatments are in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and intrauterine insemination, or IUI.

Many patients wish to discuss the issue of IUI vs. IVF during consultations at our Chicago fertility clinic, raising the question of which treatment is superior in their particular cases to Dr. Jacobs. In truth, neither treatment is inherently superior to the other; the treatment that is best suited to each individual case depends on a variety of factors. Dr. Jacobs takes all of these factors into careful consideration before recommending a course of treatment to his patients.

Based on your unique factors - your age, medical history, infertility factors, finances, and treatment goals - which fertility treatment would be best suited to your case? IUI or IVF? Or another treatment altogether? The only way to know for certain is to meet with Dr. Jacobs for a one-on-one, confidential consultation at his state-of-the-art fertility clinic.


Both IUI and IVF can help patients achieve successful pregnancy; however, the two treatments offer distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared to one another. For example:

  • IUI requires shorter treatment time than IVF: Some patients prefer IUI as a first course of treatment because it requires a shorter amount of treatment time overall than IVF. In theory, it is possible for a woman to become pregnant within a month of having her first period after consulting with Dr. Jacobs if she elects to undergo fertility treatment using the IUI method. Conversely, a single IVF cycle requires four to six weeks to complete prior to egg retrieval. Then, there will be another three to five days before the embryos are transferred.
  • IUI is less expensive than IVF: While the variables that can affect the cost of your treatment are beyond the scope of this article, it is true that an IUI cycle is always significantly less expensive than an IVF cycle. IUI is simply a less intensive procedure. A good candidate for IUI may consider undergoing multiple cycles of IUI before moving on to IVF; the cost of three or four IUI cycles would be comparable to a single IVF cycle.
  • IVF has greater success rates across the board than IUI: You may at this point be wondering why patients wouldn’t elect to undergo IUI as a first course of treatment when it is both faster and less expensive than IVF. In short, most patients are more likely to become pregnant via IVF than they are via IUI:
    • In 2013, on average throughout the nation, 46 percent of women under the age of 35 achieved successful pregnancy via IVF. Conversely, roughly 10 to 20 percent of women in that age group can expect to achieve successful pregnancy via IUI.
    • In 2013, on average throughout the nation, 37.8 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 37 achieved successful pregnancy via IVF while this was true of 28.6 percent of women between the ages of 38 and 40. Only 10 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 40 can expect to achieve successful pregnancy via IUI.


To learn more about IUI and IVF, please contact our fertility clinic today.