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Infertility, Home Insemination, Fertility treatment

Home insemination cost compared to other fertility treatments

By Cryos | 5/12/2019
Fertility treatments

Fertility treatments can be very expensive. People often acquire a large debt on their path to parenthood. Multiple rounds of fertility treatment can be burdensome and the chances you will require more than one or two treatments to create your family are likely. That's why it's important to know your options and the positive and negative scenarios for each treatment.

Below we will discuss the comparison of home insemination (ICI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Cost Estimates for Home Insemination 

Home Insemination is a fertility treatment procedure that you can do on your own, and in the comfort of your home without the need to visit a doctor's office.  Once you find your favorite donor, we recommend that you purchase two MOT10 straws. The cost for this purchase typically ranges between $1,200 and $1,400.

When you choose your donor sperm you can also select a shipping method. We offer a small nitrogen tank which lasts seven days or a large tank which lasts 12 days. These tanks provide the transport for your donor sperm directly to your home. The shipping costs range in the United States from $50 for local pick up to $285 for Saturday delivery.

If you order a large nitrogen tank there is an additional $50 charge. Within the shipment, you will also receive all the necessary instructions and procedures, the summary of records, and the home insemination kit.

If you are going to use home insemination, then we can recommend you to read our blog post on how to make home insemination successful.

Cost Estimates for IUI

Intrauterine Insemination is a minor doctor's office procedure where washed (IUI-ready) sperm is placed in the uterus at the time of ovulation. A catheter helps place the sperm closer to the Fallopian tubes. Most women will experience only mild discomfort during this procedure. Unmedicated IUI is a great option for women under 30 with a healthy BMI.

This procedure has a slightly higher success rate than home insemination, but with higher costs. The price range for an unmedicated IUI procedure is typically between $300 and $2,000. A medicated IUI is a great option for women under 35 who may have some fertility issues, as ovulation will be triggered.

The success rate with a medicated IUI is better than an unmedicated IUI. There is however an additional cost for medication and monitoring.

A doctor performing IVF treatment

Which treatment should you choose?

If you never experienced problems with your fertility, we would recommend you choose between home insemination or an IUI treatment at a doctor´s office. But it is a difficult choice, because there are pros and cons regarding both options.

If you choose to have an IUI treatment at a doctor´s office, you have a slightly better chance of conceiving than you do with home insemination, but the treatment also costs more money. Home insemination is the cheapest way to become pregnant with donor sperm. Fertility treatments can be expensive and for many the cost of a visit to the fertility doctor, can be an obstacle. Therefore, many of our customers choose to have their donor sperm delivered to their home, because the cost of home insemination is lower than the cost of an IUI treatment.

Another positive aspect of home insemination is the location. The procedure takes place in your own home where you are comfortable and able to decide the surroundings of your insemination. For many of our customers this is also important because a visit to the doctor´s office can feel a bit cold and uncomfortable, feelings you want to avoid on your path to parenthood.

Want to learn more about the difference in price related to home insemination with donor sperm? Please visit our page regarding the cost of donor sperm.

How Does IVF Compare? 

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproductive technology where the egg and sperm are manually combined outside of the womb and transfered into the uterus. The chance of becoming pregnant with IVF is much higher because a doctor inserts an already developing embryo into the uterus.

However, IVF is rarely the first option in fertility treatment for people to turn to because the costs are significant. An IVF cycle costs around $12,000 and that is without the cost of fertility drugs and testing.

Contact Cryos

For more information please contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable and bilingual Customer Care Coordinators at (407) 203-1175. Start your journey today by using our free sperm donor search to view our extensive list of donors. We look forward to making your family dreams come true! 

If you are looking for financial assistance for your fertility treatment, Baby Quest Foundation is an organization that provides infertility grants. We also have financing options available here.