When it comes to choosing fertility treatment types, a big question may come to our mind: IUI or IVF? Which one is better? Since they are two effective and common types of fertility treatment, how somebody should know which one is the right treatment for them.

While it is always recommended to consult with your doctor about your medical decision, still with the help of this article, you can get an overall idea about the differences between IUI and IVF fertility treatments. So let the comparison of IUI vs IVF begin!


Quick Information



Duration of procedure

Hospital Stay

Minimum Stay in Iran

$4600 (IVF+PGD)


3-4 weeks

Zero day

3-4 weeks

IVF + Embryo Transfer

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off
  • And more


21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off
  • And more

IVF + Egg Donation

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off
  • And more

IVF + PGD + Egg Donation

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off
  • And more

Treatment Process:

IUI Process


Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is one of the assisted reproductive treatments (ART) in which a sperm is injected directly into the uterus. For getting the best result, this procedure is done around day 14 of the woman’s menstrual cycle. For doing this process, the specialist uses a catheter to pass the cervical canal and inject the sperm into the top of uterus.

IUI process, by reducing the distance that sperm needs to travel to get to the egg, helps insemination happen with a higher chance of success. IUI increases the quantity of sperms at the junction of the uterus and fallopian tubes in order that the space that sperm must swim to inseminate the egg is shorter and as the result, the chance of pregnancy goes higher. Here are some common steps of the IUI process:


  • IUI Preparation: before starting the IUI process, couples can improve their general health by taking supplements and have a healthy diet. They can also take advantage of regular exercise and holistic therapies such as massage and acupuncture. This way, they can improve the quality of gametes to get the best results from the IUI procedure. It is better to consider 90 days for the preparation time.


  • Egg Development: this step can be done either via the use of medications to develop and ovulate eggs or use the woman’s natural egg and takes almost 5-14 days. Once follicles are in optimal size, medication may be given to trigger the ovulation. This phase may or may not be accompanied by a blood test and ultrasound.


  • Insemination: insemination should be done close to the ovulation day. In this phase, the male partner usually gives a sample of sperm at the office. The sample would be washed to enhance the quality of the sperm and then it would be injected into the top of the uterus via the use of a catheter. The insemination phase only takes a few minutes. After the procedure, the patient may experience mild cramping.


  • Post Procedure: the blood pregnancy test will be positive in two weeks if the IUI procedure is successful. Once, the fetus’s heartbeat is detected, there is a 90-95 % chance of resulting in a live birth.

IVF Process


In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most practical forms of infertility treatment that has helped so many couples to have their own child. During an IVF cycle, medication starts around 10 days before the procedure. When the eggs have developed, they are retrieved and inseminated in a lab. Then the embryos are implanted into the woman’s uterus. Here we explain IVF steps:


  • Treatment preparation: before starting the procedure, just like IUI, you can improve your general health by taking supplements and following a healthy diet. You can also take advantage of holistic therapies and regular exercise to enhance your health and the quality of your gametes.



  • Ovarian stimulation: for increasing the quantity and quality of eggs, you receive stimulation medications. This usually starts during the days 2-4 of your cycle and should be continued for almost 10 days. During this period, your uterine lining, follicular development, and hormone levels are monitored. When the follicles are at their optimal size, a trigger medication is prescribed to mature the eggs.



  • Egg retrieval and sperm collection: about 35 hours after the trigger shot, the egg retrieval procedure occurs. It is usually done under light anesthesia and takes about 5-10 minutes. During the retrieval procedure, the specialist pushes a tiny hollow needle into the vagina wall to an ovary. The developed eggs taken from the ovaries are immediately transferred to the laboratory to be fertilized via the sperm sample that is collected the same day. For enhancing the quality of the sperm, they are washed and get ready for fertilizing the eggs.



  • The laboratory: the retrieved eggs and sperms are fertilized in the laboratory by an embryologist. Then they are grown for 3-5 days. If it is necessary, they are screened for genetic disorders and can go through gender selection.


  • Embryo transfer: during this step, the embryologist puts 1 or 2 embryos into the recipient’s uterus through a small catheter. If there are other embryos left, they can be frozen for future use.


  • Post-procedure: for improving the implantation and pregnancy rates, you probably need to take progesterone and estrogen drugs. The pregnancy blood test results will be positive after 2 weeks if the pregnancy is successful. Ultrasound can be used for checking the heartbeat and implantation site.

Success Rate

Due to the higher success rate of IVF, it takes less time for getting pregnant. IVF success rate for those who are under 35 is generally around 50 % percent per cycle, while the IUI success rate is around 15-20 %.

If the IUI be the optimal treatment, it usually works in the first 3-4 treatment cycles. Generally, IUI has a lower pregnancy rate than IVF. However, their success depends on many factors such as age, reason of infertility, medications used, egg and sperm quality, the used clinic and specialist, etc.

IUI and IVF Side Effects

Even though IUI and IVF procedures both have so many advantages, they may have some side effects just like the other medications. These side effects include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Painful and swollen ovaries
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Pain and bruise on injections area
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild pelvic and abdominal pain

You can read more about IUI and IVF Side Effects and how the side effects can be reduced in our previous article.


IUI and IVF Cost

IUI and IVF Costs can vary depending on some factors. If we compare the costs of them per cycle, definitely IUI procedure is more affordable. However, IUI may not be a good option for all the patients (for instance for those who have blocked tubes). In addition, after 3 IUI cycles, the chance of success is very low, and it may make the cost of IVF more affordable if we compare their cost per birth.

Who is the best candidate for IUI and IVF?


IUI and IVF are types of assisted reproductive technologies that aim to get the same result, which is pregnancy. However, each of them may be the better procedure for certain couples.


IUI is a good option for:

  • Ovulatory factor infertility
  • Male factor infertility (mild)
  • Ejaculation dysfunction
  • Cervical factor infertility
  • Sperm allergy
  • Single and lesbian women who need donor sperm
  • Unexplained infertility



IVF is a good option for:

  • Damage or blockage of the fallopian tube
  • History of tubal ligation
  • Semen abnormalities
  • Genetic disorders
  • Those who want gender section
  • Old women whose age or ovarian reserve may be a concern
  • Same-sex couples who want to use donor gametes
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Unexplained infertility

IUI and IVF in Iran

Now, Iran is one of the most common countries for infertility treatment in the Middle East. There are various medical services available in Iran to help patients receive high-quality medical treatment services internationally. Here, with the help of the TebMedTourism healthcare facilitator, you do not need to be worried about the costs either. We can help you overcome your fertility issue with the most affordable prices and start your dream family with your lovely newborn. For further questions, you can consult with our experts now, free of charge.

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