When couples have to start an assisted reproduction treatment, many doubts and uncertainties arise. A new world of terms and information appears before them that is often not easy to understand.
We must understand that Reproductive Medicine is an unknown science for most people. Until they suspect that there may be a problem related to their reproductive health, most patients are almost completely unaware of what assisted reproduction consists of and the different techniques and treatments that exist to achieve pregnancy.
Through our blog, we would like to explain some terms that may generate some questions related to the main assisted reproduction treatments.
What are the differences between In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) are two of the most common treatments performed in assisted reproduction clinics today.
Although they can sometimes be confused, the truth is that there are many differences between the two. From the treatment itself or even its results to the type of patient suitable for the treatment.
- IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is an extremely common fertility treatment, where your eggs and sperm (or donor eggs / donor sperm) are mixed together and fertilisation takes place outside of the body. Embryos are then allowed to develop in our embryology lab, with the best embryo being selected for transfer back into the womb to grow naturally. Our aim for IVF is the same as yours: to create a healthy embryo that marks the start of your pregnancy journey.
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the many fertility processes that we offer our patients. IUI aims to make achieving pregnancy easier by cutting out the need for sperm to enter through the cervix. This greatly improves the chances of it successfully reaching the egg.
For what kind of patient is each treatment indicated?
Not every treatment is suitable for the same type of patient.
In order to decide on the most appropriate treatment, it is necessary to carry out a reproductive health diagnosis to analyse what the problem is that is preventing pregnancy.
Based on these results, the specialists will decide which treatment is best for each specific case.
The IUI procedure is suitable for almost everyone.
We can usually help anyone suffering from sex-related problems, achieve their goal by using IUI as a method of fertility treatment. This is because problems such as premature ejaculation or difficult intercourse are simply a matter of the sperm being unable to reach the egg – something which is easily overcome by intrauterine insemination.
Women in same-sex relationships, or single women who are trying to conceive can also use IUI paired with donor sperm to conceive.
On the other hand, IVF is chosen by people who are struggling to conceive naturally . Just a handful of reasons include:
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Unexplained infertility
- People with a risk of carrying genetic diseases
- Poor sperm quality / quantity
- Low ovarian reserve
Why IVF-Life UK?
At IVF-Life UK we pride ourselves on not only our passion for what we do, but our expertise in the field.
Our Daresbury location, the Centre for Reproductive Health, is the UK’s first fully integrated fertility hospital.
Every detail of the centre was specially designed by our consultants and embryologists. This means that the clinic is planned not only for ease of access, but suited to give our patients the highest possible level of care.
Our specialised facility uses the very latest technology, in a state of the art environment, delivered by highly skilled fertility professionals.