Sadly, for some couples, insemination naturally isn't a viable way to build their family. However, thankfully, science has given us Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and other fertility procedures.Fear of the unknown can cause heterosexual and LGBTQ couples to shy away from these viable options.
Below, we'll answer the practical concerns you may have about IUI and other popular fertility options so you can take the next step in building your family's future.
This procedure entails the injection of sperm into a woman's uterus with the hopes of conception. If a male partner's sperm is not used, the process also requires sperm donation. Overall the procedure, from start to end, takes approximately two weeks and is repeatable as needed.
When looking at the cost of any fertility treatment, there are multiple points of view. For IUI and most other treatments discussed below, patients will encounter various insurance coverage scenarios. Therefore, before knowing what, if any, coverage is offered by your carrier, it's best to consider a procedure's cash price.
Before making any assumptions about your final, out-of-pocket price for any fertility treatment, it's essential to talk to your doctor's office. That said, look for the overall cash (without insurance coverage) price of IUI to range from $500 to $4,000. These costs will include:
And while understanding the costs is very important, IUI requires a commitment to follow medication and diet regimens and attend all required doctor appointments.
Aside from IUI, one of the most common fertility procedures used today is In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In a nutshell, it involves stimulating a mother's egg production, harvesting and fertilizing the egg with a donor or a partner's sperm in a lab, and then placing the eggs back in the mother's uterus for hopefully a successful pregnancy.