Welcoming a new bundle of joy is the dream of every couple in this world. But sometimes conceiving naturally is not possible due to various reasons. In this situation, couples take the help of different fertility treatments. 

Two of the most widely used fertility treatments are IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization). Both treatments can help couples to conceive.

Read on to understand the differences between IVF and IUI, based on the pros and cons of the treatments and their distinct factors before choosing the best fertility treatment for you. 


What is IVF?

IVF known as ‘In vitro Fertilization’ is a fertility treatment carried out by couples to achieve pregnancy. It involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and combing with a man’s sperm in a laboratory. After a few days of fertilization, the fertilized egg is implanted inside a uterus. IVF is an intricate treatment and should be chosen under the guidance of an experienced fertility expert.

Pros of IVF Treatment –

  • High success rate of pregnancy.
  • A few chances of miscarriage.
  • Effective for infertile men.
  • Increases the chances of delivering a healthy baby.

Cons of IVF Treatment-

  • Risk of multiple pregnancies.
  • Expensive treatment.
  • It can lead to several health issues.


What is IUI?

IUI known as “Intrauterine insemination” is a fertility treatment chosen by couples who are not able to conceive naturally. In this treatment, a man’s concentrated and washed sperm are placed inside the woman’s uterus during the ovulation period. IUI treatment helps sperm fertilize with eggs.

Pros of IUI Treatment –

  • High success rate.
  • Less expensive procedure as compared with IVF.
  • Enhance sperm quality.
  • Less invasive.

Cons of IUI Treatment –

  • Increased risk of multiple pregnancies.
  • Possible side effects like mood swings and headaches.
  • Requires motile sperm and clear fallopian tube.


The basic difference between IVF and IUI

Both fertility treatments are completely different methods. In IVF, sperm and eggs are fertilized outside the body in a laboratory whereas, in IUI, sperm is placed into the woman’s uterus during ovulation. Both treatments hold pros and cons and should be carried forward by an experienced fertility expert. 

Detailed difference between IVF and IUI on distinct factors

1. Procedure

IVF (In vitro fertilization) is a commonly used fertility treatment. This procedure is carried forward by taking a few hormonal pills to develop healthy eggs in a woman’s body. After some days eggs are retrieved from the woman’s body with the help of a thin needle. Further, sperm is injected into each retrieved and mature egg to form an embryo. After careful observation for 5-6 days until the fertilized eggs reach the blastocyst stage, the IVF specialist implants the fertilized eggs into the woman’s body.

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) is another commonly used fertility treatment. This procedure is short and causes minimal discomfort. The procedure starts with the collection of sperms and washing them, which means the removal of debris and non-healthy sperms. The IUI specialist inserts the sperm right into the woman’s uterus with the help of a thin tube. After the process of successful fertilization pregnancy will take place in around two weeks. 

2. Success Rate

The success rate of IVF depends on various factors like age, quality of sperm, egg, and embryo, duration of infertility, cause of infertility, and many other factors. It is observed that women under the age of 35 carry out the most successful treatment. The success rate declines with increasing age. It is always recommended to undergo IVF treatment before the age of 37 for successful results.

If we talk about the success rate of IUI treatment, it depends on factors like age, number of follicles, type of fertility drug used, and many other factors. The chances of successful IUI treatment decrease with increasing age. It is observed that women below the age of 35 hold a high success rate and it decreases after the age of 40.

3. Cost

IVF procedure is comparatively expensive. At Myra IVF, the cost of IVF treatment depends on numerous factors like the type of treatment chosen, medications, number of cycles required, and diagnostic tests. On average IVF treatment ranges between 4,30,000 KES to 4,80,000 KES.

IUI fertility treatment is comparatively less expensive as compared to IVF. At Myra IVF, the cost of IUI treatment depends on many factors like medications, diagnostic tests, and the number of cycles required. On average IUI treatment ranges between 85,000 KES to 1,20,000 KES. 

4. Complications Involved

A woman can suffer from various health issues like mood swings, bloating, stress, and miscarriage. At Myra IVF, our fertility specialist will guide and perform any treatment with the utmost efficiency and care.

Similarly, in IUI fertility treatment, there are numerous risks involved like shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, severe headache, pain in the whole body, cramps, and decreased urine output.

Our best fertility doctor will tailor the personalized IUI treatment according to the patient’s needs.

IVF vs IUI: Which option is right for you?

Choosing between IVF and IUI depends on various factors, including age, cost, fertility issues, number of miscarriages, emotional state, and some other factors. 

Couples who are dealing with limited fertility challenges may achieve success by undergoing IUI treatment.  On the other hand, couples who are dealing with more complex fertility issues may get favorable outcomes by choosing IVF treatment.

At Myra IVF, our team of fertility doctors conducts the required diagnostic test before suggesting a suitable fertility treatment.


IVF and IUI are both different fertility treatments offering distinct benefits. The choice between the two completely depends on the personal and medical condition of the couple. It is very important to prepare physically and mentally before undergoing the treatment. We at Myra IVF are here to support and guide you in every step of your parenthood journey.