IVF vs Artificial Insemination: Success Rates
Pregnancies via artificial insemination have a 16% success rate for women 35 years old and below. On the other hand, IVF has a 40% success rate for women of the same age range. As the woman gets older, the pregnancy rates decrease so it is important to undergo fertility treatments and make use of assisted reproductive technology as soon as you can.
When it comes to IVF vs artificial insemination, the pregnancy costs for the atter are significantly lower.
While the pregnancy rates for IVF are better than artificial insemination, note that not all of these pregnancies result in a live birth. IVF can result in multiple pregnancies such as twins or more, which could then lead to low birth weight, preterm birth, and neonatal hospitalization.
There is also a difference when it comes to the risks of IVF vs artificial insemination. There is a slightly increased risk for genetic abnormalities with artificial insemination. This may be because of the quality of the sperm. There is a reason why fertility could not occur naturally and that may be because the sperm is not healthy enough or carries chromosomal or gene defects. Because artificial insemination bypasses nature’s barriers, the child may have these genetic abnormalities.
With IVF and especially when ICSI is used, the best sperm is chosen and injected into the ovum. When children born because of IVF were checked at 10 years old, most of them were healthy in all aspects.
While both procedures have been used for successful conception, neither procedure guarantees a successful pregnancy and live birth. As with the natural reproductive process, a healthy pregnancy depends on:
- The health of the mother
- Age of the woman
- The quality of her eggs
- The sperm quality and sperm count of the man
A man and a woman in excellent health will have a greater chance of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Now that you are more knowledgeable about IVF vs artificial insemination, consult with your obstetrician-gynecologist or fertility specialist for which procedure is best suited for you.
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