IUI after IVF


#1

Hi ladies.

My husband and I just found out today that our IVF cycle results in a :bfn:
We are devastated and the only thing that is keeping me going is trying to think ahead to the future.
We used IVF with ICSI during the last cycle because of severe male factor but I think my husband has finally come around to the possibility of using donor sperm in the future. I guess I was wondering what the chances were of IUI working at age 38 with donor sperm? And how much cheaper is IUI than IVF? It is definitely going to take some time to save up the funds for another IVF cycle so I wondered if IUI was a viable option.

Thanks everyone!


#2

Hi there!

In my experience, IUI is MUCH cheaper than IVF. However, even IUI prices can get expensive, it depends what types of medications you use (injectibles are pricey, Clomid really isn’t-- the generic brand Clomid they gave me costs 7 dollars a month!)

Many ladies on here use many different protocols for their IUI and so the prices range dramatically. Basically, with donor sperm and IUI you’d be putting yourself at about the same odds of getting pregnant as any other 38 year old woman trying to get pregnant “the old fashioned way” as long as your own reproductive issues aren’t too severe.

Donor sperm in itself can get pricey, especially if you need to ship it. One vial of donor sperm for me costs 460 dollars. Luckily, I live right near a bank, and don’t need to ship it, but I here shipping is expensive as well. I pay out of pocket for everything, and an IUI at my gyno’s office costs 250 dollars. So that’s about 700 dollars a month with no medications. If I want to add medications, like I said, Clomid is 7 dollars a month. Injectibles are much more expensive, but I have no idea about how much they are so you might want someone else to chime in about that. If I wanted to add a follicle scan, that would cost me 160 dollars a month. The “trigger shot” to trigger ovulation costs me 150 dollars (plus 40 dollars for my doctor to do it), so that’s about another 200 dollars a month.

Keep in mind, this is my situation ONLY. I have no fertility coverage, and my husband has no sperm that we can use for IUI (would have to be IVF with ICSI, and we can’t afford it.)

That being said, I’m 28 years old, my doctor thought IUI would work for me if we were willing to use donor. I think donor is a great option, and I don’t regret it for a second. As long as you and your hubby are 100% on board, even though IUI’s can add up they are still much less expensive than IVF, overall. You could do many cycles of IUI for the price of one IVF chance. THAT being said, IVF has much higher odds of getting you pregnant.

I would talk to your doctor about it and see what they think your chances are, and if your age is a factor.

Good luck!


#3

Hello Mandz123 -

IUI at my clinic is 1800 (flat fee) now im not sure if that includes meds or not… I have endometriosis as well and I am using injectibles because my endo is pretty severe.

If your endo isnt severe and hasnt blocked your tubes, then its worth a try to give IUI a chance. Keep in mind with IUI there is 20% chance of getting pregnant (i hope i got my figures right)…

[quote=mandz123]Hi ladies.

My husband and I just found out today that our IVF cycle results in a :bfn:
We are devastated and the only thing that is keeping me going is trying to think ahead to the future.
We used IVF with ICSI during the last cycle because of severe male factor but I think my husband has finally come around to the possibility of using donor sperm in the future. I guess I was wondering what the chances were of IUI working at age 38 with donor sperm? And how much cheaper is IUI than IVF? It is definitely going to take some time to save up the funds for another IVF cycle so I wondered if IUI was a viable option.

Thanks everyone![/quote]


#4

Here is the break down for my IUI cycles. Hope this helps. Best of luck!

Baseline, including office visit: $200
Clomid, with insurance coverage: $7 ($20 w/o ins)
Follie check: $130
Trigger, with insurance coverage: $7 ($170 w/o ins)
IUI wash: $107
IUI: $204

Total: $655


#5

Thanks so much for the information! We are meeting with a new RE in the next couple of weeks and will see what they think. This has given me a lot to think about.


#6

Hi everybody!
We are trying to decide if we should move on to IVF vs IUI. We’ve done 3 IUIs already and got pregnant the first time, but miscarried.

At 37, almost 38, unexplained infertility, and my husband having perfect sperm, I don’t know what to do because I pay out of pocket for every little tiny thing they do.

My IUIs have been costing me 2500 - 3200 a pop, NOT including meds. How are those of you paying less getting it so ‘cheap?’ (cheap to me, from what I’ve been paying! but I know it’s not cheap.) Are you only going to your obgyn or are you seeing a RE?

Because for the $10,000 I have spent (not including the testing insurance covered) on IUIs I could have had IVF once. But for what ya’ll are paying I could have had more like 5 IUIs. Dang! The money part is devasting me along with the miscarriages and no baby disappointments. It just compounds together. So hard.

I live in Atlanta, so if you know of any places I can try that are less, please let me know.

Thanks!


#7

[quote=Brookee_Cookee]Hi everybody!
We are trying to decide if we should move on to IVF vs IUI. We’ve done 3 IUIs already and got pregnant the first time, but miscarried.

At 37, almost 38, unexplained infertility, and my husband having perfect sperm, I don’t know what to do because I pay out of pocket for every little tiny thing they do.

My IUIs have been costing me 2500 - 3200 a pop, NOT including meds. How are those of you paying less getting it so ‘cheap?’ (cheap to me, from what I’ve been paying! but I know it’s not cheap.) Are you only going to your obgyn or are you seeing a RE?

Because for the $10,000 I have spent (not including the testing insurance covered) on IUIs I could have had IVF once. But for what ya’ll are paying I could have had more like 5 IUIs. Dang! The money part is devasting me along with the miscarriages and no baby disappointments. It just compounds together. So hard.

I live in Atlanta, so if you know of any places I can try that are less, please let me know.

Thanks![/quote]

wow, that seems expensive!

I go to mjy OB/Gyn, NOT an RE. Because we weren’t doing any meds anyway, it didnt seem to make a difference. my OB/GYn will do Clomid, follicle monitoring, and trigger shots, but if i want injectables I’d have to see an RE.

Basically since I pay out of pocket, they charge me “discount prices”. For example, the actual cost of the IUI listed is like 40% higher than what i pay. people who have it covered by insurance pay the higher amount, i pay lower.

I hope you can find a cheaper place! that seems really exorbitent to me!


#8

Thank you so much for the quick reply. Since one gyno told me to see a specialist, I assumed my new obgyn wouldn’t do IUIs either. I’m going to call first thing in the morning!