You can have intrauterine insemination on the NHS for free in the UK. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that up to six cycles of IUI be available to each couple where the manís sperm count is abnormal, the woman has minimal to mild endometriosis, or the couple have unexplained fertility problems.
However not all primary care trusts provide funding for artificial insemination, and those that do tend to have very long waiting lists. Fortunately, you can pay for IUI treatment either at a private fertility clinic or at an NHS hospital on a private basis.
The cost of intrauterine insemination can vary significantly from clinic to clinic but in general prices range from £500 to £1,000 for each cycle of treatment. As many couples require multiple cycles, it's easy to see how the costs can soon add up.
You can have IUI treatment abroad for less but the savings aren't dramatic. In the US for example, although the procedure itself costs around $400, when you factor in the cost of medication, you will be looking at over $1500.
The cost of treatment will undoubtedly be an issue for most people when choosing a private clinic, but it's important to not base your decision solely on price. Although cost is usually a good indicator of quality, it's not always this way. Sometimes the reasons for an IUI clinic being expensive can be more to do with where it's located rather than it's levels of care and treatment. Don't assume that the cheapest clinic you can find is the worst, and the more expensive clinic you come across is the best.
If you find the cost of artificial insemination prohibitive, you can still have the treatment by taking advantage of one of the attractive payment plans offered by many clinics. You may be able to spread the cost of treatment over several years, even with 0% interest.
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