Fertility Treatment FAQs


Assisted Reproduction

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) includes clinical procedures and laboratory techniques that are used to treat infertility. ART includes fertility treatments such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI or artificial insemination), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Ovulation Induction (OI).

IVF technology like Single Embryo Transfer (SET), Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), and genetic testing can be used with IVF to help ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy.

What is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is used to treat many causes of infertility, especially when there is a problem with the sperm, such as low sperm count or low motility. IUI is a type of artificial insemination that allows a physician to inject sperm directly into a woman’s uterine cavity during an optimal time of ovulation increasing the chances of a pregnancy.


What is the success rate of IUI on the first try?

Typically, IUI cycles have a live birth rate between 5 – 20%. Success depends on several factors including a patients age, diagnosis, and whether fertility drugs were used.


What are the chances of getting pregnant with IUI?

The chances of getting pregnant with IUI depends on a patient’s age, diagnosis, medications prescribed, and the number of IUIs performed. Success rates for IUI typically range between 5 – 20%.


How do you know if IUI is successful?

It is recommended that you wait 2 weeks after an IUI before taking a pregnancy test. This waiting period is often referred to as the “two-week wait.”


What is the difference between IUI and IVF?

IUI is when sperm is injected into the uterine cavity of a woman. IVF is when sperm and eggs are retrieved, combined in a laboratory to form embryos, and then implanted into the uterus.


What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common fertility treatment and has the highest success rates. IVF consists of stimulating the ovaries with medications, retrieving and fertilizing eggs, and then implanting embryos back into a woman’s uterus.


What is the best age for IVF?

IVF success rates are highest from women between the ages of <35 and 37. The quality of an IVF clinic’s laboratory and embryology team correlates with success rates.


What is genetic testing?

When genetic testing is paired with IVF it further ensures that only the healthiest embryos are implanted. Genetic testing can improve the chance of success, potentially reduce time in care, and provide important information for supporting a healthy pregnancy and delivery.


Why do doctors recommend genetic testing?

Genetic testing allows the embryologist to determine the highest quality embryos for transfer. Selecting high-quality embryos improves implantation rates and reduces miscarriage.

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