Pregnancy over 40: IUI or IVF?

My daughter, Alexandra, conceived with IUI

I got pregnant 2 out of 4 tries at age 44 using “normal” intrauterine insemination (IUI) with my own eggs and donor sperm. Many women who read my story have written asking why I choose IUI over in vitro fertilization (IVF). Because the question has come up so many times, I decided to do some research to understand why doctors recommend one or the other.
My RE gave me a 3% chance of conceiving. After all of my test checked out, including clomid challenge for ovarian reserve, we moved forward with IUI. There wasn’t even a discussion of IVF. This seemed reasonable to me because IUI was much less invasive and much less expensive than IVF. Given that my tubes weren’t blocked and we knew that I was producing eggs, it seemed like the best first choice. I never considered bypassing IUI in favor of IVF. I have since learned that many doctors recommend IVF from the beginning rather than trying IUI. Without doing any research, my immediate reaction was that it is because the doctors make more money off of IVF. Significantly more money than IUI. Then, I started doing research and learning more. What I found was interesting from several perspectives. At the end of the day, you have to understand the options, be well educated and confident in voicing your opinions, and work with your doctor to move forward with the strategy that works best for your situation. Before you make a decision though, be sure to have all the facts. Get your FREE e book to learn more about selecting IUI or IVF. Sign up for your free copy using the form in the right hand column. Baby Blessings!

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