Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a common first step in treating infertility. The world class team at NYU Langone Fertility Center has over 20 years of experience performing IUIs. Our entire staff is here to support you throughout the treatment process should you and your doctor determine IUI is the most effective course of action to achieve your family-building goals.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a medical procedure that involves placing sperm beyond the cervix into the uterus during ovulation. It is frequently performed in conjunction with ovulatory medications. This therapy is one of the least invasive fertility treatment options.
In the IUI process, a thin tube called a catheter is placed through the cervix, and a carefully prepared sperm sample is injected directly through the catheter into the uterus. An IUI increases the chances of becoming pregnant by injecting an optimal sperm sample directly into the uterus at a time when the patient is most fertile.
Patients arriving at NYULFC are first evaluated by a reproductive endocrinologist who will formulate a customized treatment plan unique to each individual. IUI is often recommended as a first step to infertility treatment as it is less invasive and less expensive than In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). However, the key to successful fertility treatments is a personalized care plan based on each patientundefineds or coupleundefineds medical history. Ultimately, you and your physician will decide if IUI is an appropriate treatment.
IUI is often recommended for women or couples who:
IUI is typically not recommended for women or couples who:
Here is a step by step guide to the IUI process at NYULFC:
With an IUI, sperm is injected directly into the uterus via a thin catheter. IVF involves retrieving eggs from the ovaries and combining them with sperm in a culture dish outside of the body. IUI is less expensive and less invasive than IVF but has a significantly lower success rate. You will work with your physician to determine which procedure is right for you and your family based upon your medical history.
Generally, an IUI takes only a few minutes and patients experience very little pain undefined many patients compare the sensation to that of a pap smear. Some may experience mild discomfort when the catheter is inserted past the cervix, however this is temporary and should subside by the end of the procedure. Some patients experience mild spotting or cramping immediately following the procedure.
The best time for an IUI is during ovulation when the patient is most fertile. Your hormone levels will be closely monitored by the NYULFC team in order to determine when the timing is optimal for you. If a patient is undergoing IUI in conjunction with medication, the procedure will be performed approximately 34-36 hours after the trigger injection.
IUI is covered by some insurances. Patients will be referred to a member of our Prior Authorization team to review coverage of each patientundefineds individual insurance. The out-of-pocket cost for an IUI without insurance coverage is $450 per cycle, not including medication. With medication, the cost of IUI cycle is approximately $1,500-$2,000. For more information about pricing, coverage, and financing options, visit our Navigating Fertility Financing page.
At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we are dedicated to providing our patients with exceptional clinical care to help them build their families. Our first job is to support you, so please bring all your questions to our team of world-class specialists for an introductory consultation.