Intrauterine insemination (IUI), or “artificial insemination” as it is commonly called is a procedure where healthy sperm are placed in the uterus at the time of ovulation to increase pregnancy rates. To do this, the sperm is collected, washed with special solutions, and then placed into the uterus through a small tube. This procedure is used when the semen analysis shows abnormalities or to augment ovulation induction to increase pregnancy rates. We now offer IUI at our Waukesha location. Talk to your provider if you have further questions or to see if IUI is an option for you.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process that is typically managed by a reproductive endocrinologist. The need for IVF depends on the reason for infertility and whether other less invasive procedures have not resulted in pregnancy.
In this procedure, women are given hormones to stimulate the production of many eggs. These eggs are then removed from the ovaries through a needle in the back of the vagina. Sedation is offered for this procedure. After the eggs are retrieved, they are fertilized with your partner’s sperm. The fertilized eggs, known as embryos, are then grown in a lab for up to five days. After this point, one or more embryos are placed into the uterus through the vagina. This is called an embryo transfer.
The risks of IVF include multiple pregnancy (twins or more), ovulation hyperstimulation syndrome related to hormones given, and possible increased risk of birth defects.
The cost of IVF varies on where you seek treatment but typically costs more than $10,000.