Clomid with IUI is an effective and affordable option for treating infertility. Clomid is a medication used to induce ovulation, while intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure that can overcome barriers to egg fertilization. Below, we will take a look at what you can expect in terms of Clomid with IUI costs.
Clomid blocks estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), collectively known as gonadotropins. These hormones stimulate the ovaries to produce new egg follicles.
Clomid is very effective at initiating ovulation in women who do not ovulate regularly. About 72% of women taking Clomid will ovulate at least one egg. To maximize the chances of ovulation and pregnancy, the dose can be titrated over a period of several months. At a dose of 150 mg, 85% of patients ovulate. In cases where Clomid is ineffective, it may be combined with other medications or the dose or schedule may be changed.
Clomid is a preferred treatment because it is effective nad has a low cost and a low risk of side effects. Not every woman will ovulate with Clomid, but the majority do, making it a first-line treatment for many cases of infertility.
Clomid with IUI Costs
Clomid with IUI is one of the most affordable fertility treatments available. At IVF1, Clomid with IUI costs $300-400 per cycle. If a patient chooses to be monitored in the office instead of using ovulation predictor tests, the costs will be higher.
In many cases, more than one cycle of Clomid with IUI must be performed before pregnancy occurs. However, it is recommended that Clomid be used for only a few cycles, because there is a potential for issues with extended use, but a low potential for pregnancy to occur if it does not happen within the first few months. Financially, couples should plan to go through at 3-4 months of Clomid with IUI, although that many cycles may not actually be necessary.
The majority of patients are able to afford their Clomid with IUI costs without much trouble. In addition, many insurance plans cover these procedures. Because it is less expensive, it is more likely for insurance to cover Clomid and IUI than to cover IVF. In addition, most insurance plans do cover diagnostic appointments and consultations. IVF1 accepts most insurance plans, and will work with you to find out whether or not your insurance will cover your costs.
During intrauterine insemination, washed, concentrated sperm is injected through the cervix directly into the uterus. This can be used to address many fertility issues that the man, the woman, or both may be dealing with, including:
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm motility
- Cervical scarring
- Thick cervical mucous
Because sperm is injected directly into the uterus at a high concentration, there is an optimal chance that the sperm will successfully reach an egg in the fallopian tubes and fertilize the egg. If the egg implants in the uterine lining, pregnancy occurs.
The effectiveness of IUI is maximized when it is used in conjunction with a fertility medication such as Clomid. In cases where the woman ovulates regularly, medication may still be used to increase the number of eggs released. In cases where the woman does not respond to Clomid, the doctor may prescribe another medication, such as injectable gonadotropins. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that has the best chances of being effective in your case.
Dr. Randy Morris would be happy to meet with you about whether or not Clomid with IUI is right for you. To schedule your consultation today, please click below and enter your information or call IVF1 at (630) 357-6540.