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November 29th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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For those of you that did IUI, how much was the semen prep? I just got a quote from the place we'll be going if no bfp by January and they said its $220 for the prep, $75 for counts??? What the heck does that mean?? Another SA? And $23 catheter charge...what the heck does that mean too? For a whopping total of $318 for just the prep...I just got good news from my OB this morning letting me know the actual IUI is only $104 through their office, but man, I wasn't expecting the prep to be this high...I so hope we don't have to do IUI but just wanting to see if that prep cost is high compared to others.
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November 29th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Hi there. I saw your post and came in. We did an IUI over the summer and what they do is they "wash" the semen so only the strong swimmers are inserted into you. They do a count of the sperm amount and then put it into a catheter which is what is inserted into you. (An IUI is not painful at all!)

It sounds like you are getting great prices, we paid $800!
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November 29th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Wow, $800 without u/s or meds? I'm a bit confused on the catheter thing because the place thats doing the semen wash isn't the one inseminating me, my OB will be, so wouldn't they be the one using the catheter?
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November 29th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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I did a clomid IUI cycle so the clomid was only around $12 or so... I was completely monitored all month long with more than 5 ultrasounds and bloodwork all the time. The total cost was $1600.00 for the month.

It sounds like your OB will be the one putting the catheter inside of you but the facility that is washing the semen will need to put it into the tube there.

I hope you get pregnant and don't have to have the IUI!
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November 29th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Oh I see about the catheter....wow...thats expensive, the more people I talk to the more I think the price is ok...though this is the source that got me thinking it was only $200-$300 for the whole thing IUI FAQ - Fertility Plus

It stated that was the average cost so thats what I was expecting, I hope I won't need it either, did your IUI work for you?
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November 30th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I'll be doing my 1st IUI in January...this is what I was told from my RE:

$150 for the processing of swimmers
$205 for the insem. procedure
$200 for u/s ~ CD 11

So about $550 (plus the cost of my meds that I'll use)
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November 30th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Thats pretty good pricing, mine would be $422 without any u/s monitoring, but you usually don't create more then 3 follies on clomid so I am not too worried about multiples.
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December 2nd, 2010, 12:10 PM
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Thats pretty good pricing, mine would be $422 without any u/s monitoring, but you usually don't create more then 3 follies on clomid so I am not too worried about multiples.
With clomid I had 4 follies the first month, and 5 follies the second... so ultrasound monitoring is very important. Also, clomid thins the lining so you should have an ultrasound for that as well.

I did not get pregnant with IUI but my situation is probably much different than yours. I am almost 42 and have high FSH and low ovarian reserve. My husband is 32 and his swimmers are great. So my age is the issue.

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December 3rd, 2010, 11:08 AM
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We can't afford the extra cost of u/s monitoring, I am saving just for the IUI and semen prep. I am a strong believer in God not giving us more then we can handle so if he feels we can handle twins, then so be it, my husband used to have severe male factor issues but is now normal on everything except forward progression of his sperm so I highly doubt he'd fertilize more then 1, possibly 2 eggs, it took us over 2 years to conceive our son. The lining usually doesn't start to thin unless you've been on clomid for months, I don't plan to take it more then 3-4 months, but once again I hope I won't need any of this!
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December 5th, 2010, 05:26 AM
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my hubby has less than a million sperm. I am thinking about doing IUI with a sperm wash too. Do they send it off to be washed before doing the IUI. we have a center of reproductive health, but just the new patient consultation is almost 500. so I wanted to try iui outside there.
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December 5th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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With a count of less then 1 million centers usually won't attempt an IUI, most require at least 3-5 million sperm count after washing to do IUI, you may find a place that would be willing to try with less but the success rate is not supposed to be any better then regular intercourse. Sperm washing eliminates all the bad sperm and leaves you with the good so if your husbands counts are less the 1 million pre sperm washing, he'll be left with very few after the washing. For instance a count can be 50 million in the sample but only 15 million once washed.

As far as the washing goes, if we have to do it my dh will go to the reproductive place to give his sample, they will wash and prepare it, package it and give it back to dh who will transport it to our OB office where I'll be waiting for the IUI. If your getting the wash at the same place as the IUI, they will wash it and bring it in to where your getting the IUI, the cheapest route is finding an OB in your area that does IUI, good luck if you go through it.
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December 9th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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this was a very helpful topic!
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December 15th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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I am not sure how the cost is broken down at the Fertility Clinic that I spoke with... But for IUI (from start to finish, including the sperm wash) it was $500.
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December 20th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Hello,
I also just wanted to jump in Late :-) Here, my IUI cycle with ultrasounds, blood work and FSH injections(7 days worth) HCG trigger and semen prep/count plus the Actual IUI was 800, maybe 850 . The one with clomid was around 600.... My first IUI worked, we got pregnant with twins(had 3 follies) but lost them, not having anything to do with the IUI, our first IUI after our loss(had 5 follies) did not work.. some times it just takes a few tries and sometimes it works on the first try, Good luck !!!!
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