We are often asked, “Is IUI a waste of time and money?” The answer is, yes, it is. With that being said, the pros and cons of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) are controversial depending on the source of information. If the source is from a practice where the most advanced form of fertility therapy is an IUI then depending on the circumstances, IUI will most likely be recommended before referral to a center where IVF is provided. There are also patients who are either unable, unwilling, or not yet ready to have IVF.
There are many factors that should be considered when deciding between IUI and IVF, the most imperative are chances of success and cost. Most insurers that offer fertility coverage have dispensed with the need for IUI prior to proceeding to IVF. This is because the most cost effective method of having a successful pregnancy will be through IVF especially in a facility that has garnered Center of Excellence (COE) distinction. Several insurance carriers (Cigna, Aetna and United Healthcare) award COE accolades based on an IVF center having better outcomes with reduced visits and complications at reduced overall cost. The Fertility Centers of New England is proud to have the Center of Excellence for IVF care distinction awarded by Cigna, Aetna and United Healthcare.
If you have more questions, please contact us! For those without fertility insurance the initial consult is FREE.