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Wednesday, January 9th 2008, 10:38pm

iui vs icsi

whats the criteria for being referred for iui as opposed to icsi? am pretty new to all this and am getting quite confused! which would be the best of the two for a low sperm count? and does anyone know the sucess rates?
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Thursday, January 10th 2008, 1:09am

Icsi has a better success rate than iui, i think you would need a decent sperm count before a clinic would do iui unless your using a donor.


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Thursday, January 10th 2008, 7:05am

A normal sperm count is usually required/preferred for IUI. ICSI or IVF would more likly be offered for low count depending on just how low the count is and what the morphology and motility is...

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Thursday, January 10th 2008, 9:55am

i agree with rene

IUI seems a little pointless with a low sperm count to be honest and depending of how low, ICSI might be the right option for you.

IUI can work just look at rene but i have to admit that if i had my time again i would have gone straight to IVF. IUI did set me up well for doings the jabs etc
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Thursday, January 10th 2008, 11:16am

In the US, cost-benefit studies say that IUI is not cost effective compared to IVF/ICSI with a sperm count below 10mil/ml. It has a low chance of success below 5 mil/ml but IUIs have been successful at 2 mil/ml so they are sometimes still tried at these low rates.

With a normal/nearly normal count (e.g., 15-20 mil/ml) the success rate is supposed to be something like 15-20% per cycle (assuming you have stimulated IUI and have no other issues other than unexplained infertility).

The latest cost-benefit studies say that if you do have IUI you should stick to 3 rounds max regardless of whether this is clomid only or further medicated and not bother having 3 rounds clomid only and then 3 rounds further stimulated before going on to IVF/ICSI.

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