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How does In Vitro Fertilization and Artificial Insemination Differ?

Posted November 02, 2016 in Blog


Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are 2 commonly used treatments at RFC, under the guidance of Peyman Saadat, M.D. These treatments are used for couples or individuals who may not be able to conceive.

IUI is a process in which the woman will be inseminated by her doctor at the time of ovulation. Because there will be a higher concentration of (washed) sperm deposited close to where the egg(s) are, the chances of fertilization are increased.

IVF is a process in which a woman is given medication to stimulate her ovaries so that multiple eggs will be produced. The woman will then be closely monitored with ultrasounds and blood tests to watch the growth of her eggs. Once the eggs are mature, they will be retrieved from her body and fertilized with her husbands (or donor) sperm. The resulting embryos are then closely watched in the lab for three to five days. The embryos are then either transferred into the uterus and/or frozen for future use. Embryos can also be biopsied for genetic testing (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) before transferring the embryos in to the womb.

In general the success rate of IVF is higher than IUI. However which treatment is recommended by Peyman Saadat, M.D. depends on multiple factors, such as age, condition of fallopian tubes, sperm count, hormone levels and more.

The first step and sometimes the hardest step, is to contact a fertility specialist and start the process from there. When you are ready, call the office of Dr. Peyman Saadat at 310.929.6707 and we will be happy to help you become the parent you are meant to be.

Contact Us Today: 310.929.6707

Our staff will take the time to go over all of your fertility options, so that you are able to make an informed decision

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