Category: IF treatments

So what’s IUI?

So what’s IUI?

For many of you navigating the infertility treatment avenues, IUI might be one of the options your RE (reproductive endocrinologist) recommends. For many, is the #1 line of treatment, while for others, is a stop before reaching the (dreaded) world of IVF.
IUI stands for intra-uterine insemination, and it is usually recommended for couples dealing with mild male infertility factor, cervical mucus issues, endometriosis or unexplained infertility. It’s a relatively non-invasive procedure, which aims at giving the sperm a head start in the race toward the egg(s) by bypassing vaginal acidity and cervical mucus hostility.

As with any other IF treatments, the cycle starts on day 3 of a woman’s period. If the woman is not naturally getting a period, this can be induced by taking OCP’s (Desogen, Micronor) or an injectable such as ProveraTM. On day 3, a woman will go into the RE office to get bloodwork (usually to check hormone levels of estrogen, FSH, LH) and an internal ultrasound (to ensure ovaries are quiet and uterine lining is good). Depending on the diagnosis, the IUI cycle could be “natural” (no meds) or stimulated. A stimulated cycle could use standalone or a combination of medications. In a standalone oral medication cycle, a pill such as Clomid or Femara is taken from day 5-9 of the cycle. While an injectable cycle can include gonadotropins (Follistim, Gonal-F) with or without GnRH agonist/antagonist for ten days.  clomid iui

Depending on the diagnosis, the IUI cycle could be “natural” (no meds) or stimulated. A stimulated cycle could use standalone or a combination of medications. In a standalone oral medication cycle, a pill such as Clomid or Femara is taken from day 5-9 of the cycle.

antagon oiOn the other side, an injectable cycle can include gonadotropins, such as Follistim and Gonal-F, taken for 7-10 days. Some cycles might include GnRH antagonist like Ganirelix, either given in a fixed fashion, starting at day 6 or staring when lead follicle reaches 14mm of diameter.

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In between cycle days 10-12, you will go back for ultrasound and bloodwork. If one of the follicle measures between 18-20mm of diameter, you will be instructed to give yourself a trigger shot, such as ovidrel, Novarel or Pregnyl, to induce ovulation. The next day, the IUI procedure will be done.

Intrauterine insemination


The day of the IUI, the male partner will give a semen sample. The sample will then be processed, counted and washed to concentrate the amount of sperm and clean debris. After which it will be inserted into the woman’s uterus via a catheter. Once the catheter is removed, she will stay in a supine position (laying on the back) for 5-10 minutes before being allowed to leave. About a week later, on cycle day 20, another blood test (progesterone) is done to determine if ovulation occurred. Two weeks after the IUI, the woman will go for the beta hCG “pregnancy” blood test. Hopefully, you will get a BFP, and you will start pregnancy monitoring.


Infertility Treatment Grants and Scholarships

Infertility Treatment Grants and Scholarships

Hope does exist for patients whose primary barrier to infertility treatment is the cost. Below is information about nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance to select infertility patients.

For details, including application deadlines, please visit their websites. The listing of these organizations does not mean or imply an endorsement by RESOLVE.

Baby Quest Foundation

Grants are awarded two times yearly.
Provides a dollar range of $2,000-$16,000 (combination of money and medications).
Open to all, genders, singles, same sex couples, all who are permanent residents of the U.S., etc. (Click here to see more requirements on the Baby Quest website).
Baby Quest funds a range of procedures including egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryo donation, and gestational surrogacy.
Applications fees apply – $50 Application fee.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information about Baby Quest’s grant

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation – Family Building Grant

This grant is offered twice per year – Once in the spring and once in the fall.
Provides up to $10,000 per funded family to help with costs medical infertility treatments and domestic adoption.
Open to all; applicants must have a diagnosis of infertility from their doctor and must be legal, permanent U.S. residents.
Applications fees apply- $50 Application fee.
Dates of Interest:

Grant is available online 7/5/16.
Grant submission deadline for SPRING consideration 2/1/17.
Grant decisions announced for SPRING funding 6/1/17.
Money available for SPRING grant applicants 8/1/17 available (grant MUST be redeemed by 8/1/18).
Grant submission deadline for FALL consideration 7/1/17.
Grant decisions announced for FALL funding 10/15/17.
2017 Cade Foundation Family Building Gala (required for all grant recipients) November 2017.
Money available for FALL grant recipients 1/1/18 (grant MUST be redeemed by 12/31/18).
Savannah Grant – Exclusively for Shady Grove Fertility Patients
All Shady Grove Fertility patients are eligible to receive the Savannah Grant, which will provide up to $10,000 in support for fertility treatment.
To apply for these grants, please submit an application for the Cade Foundation Family Building Grant. Shady Grove Patients will automatically be considered for a traditional Family Building Grant as well as the Savannah Grant.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information about the Family Building Grant
Phone: (443) 896-6504
Fax: (410) 741-3701

The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination- Scholarship:

The INCIID program is not a grant. INCIID does not pay a recipient’s expenses. Couples that meet certain criteria (financial and medical need) may be eligible for participation.
Provides a basic IVF cycle which is donated by a facility. This includes the treatment and physician services and monitoring at the designated clinic.
INCIID depends on donations to operate programs. Community members who pledge to an annual donation as a Bronze ($55 annually) member are eligible to receive a scholarship. The cost for a bronze annual level donation is a minimum of $55.00. Donate Here.
If you are NOT already a registered member, you can register in the community FIRST.
The selection committee selects couples based on cost-of-living, submitted paystubs, tax returns and a letter from their doctor recommending IVF as medically necessary.
Visit INCIID’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the program and eligibility requirements.
Dates vary in this program.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information about the, From INCIID the Heart IVF Scholarship Program.
Phone: (703)379-9178
Fax: (703)379-1593

The JFCS Fertility Fund: A Gift From the Heart

The JFCS Fertility Fund is a fund to help individuals and families who are confronted with infertility and the financial burden of IVF treatments that are not covered by insurance.

Applicants must be Jewish and reside in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Application Process: Grants are provided as they are received.
Other resources through JFCS: The Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia provides interest-free loans to Jews in our community for fertility treatments. For more information, visit
Contact Information:
Phone: 1.866.532.7669

Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation – Life Grant

Must reside in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin.
Must have a diagnosis of infertility certified by a medical provider, with the exception of applicants who are single, or part of a same sex couple.
Grant requests may not exceed $10,000.
Past procedures are not eligible for Life Grants.
Visit Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the grant and eligibility requirements.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information on how to apply.
APPLY FOR A LIFE GRANT – Grant recipients will be announced July 2017

The Parental Hope Grant

The Parental Hope Family Grant Applicant (or Co-Applicant) must have one of the following:

A medical diagnosis of infertility by a Reproductive Endocrinologist according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s definition of Infertility; or
Be a carrier of a genetic disease or chromosomal disorder that requires the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) services for healthy offspring; or
A Reproductive Endocrinologist has recommended ART services due to recurrent pregnancy loss.
$50 non-refundable application fee.
Contact information:
APPLY FOR THE PARENTAL HOPE FAMILY GRANTS – Parental Hope Family Grants are awarded annually. The next Application deadline is August 1, 2017.

Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation – Fertility Grant

The grant applies only to in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF), IVF with donor eggs and embryo adoption.
Grant amounts vary among the grant recipients, and partial and full grants can be awarded.
The age limit for the female partner is under 40 years old unless using donor eggs or doing embryo adoption. The application states that the female patient must be under the age of 40 when starting an IVF cycle.
Applicants must be United States (U.S.) citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
Visit Pay it Forward Fertility’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the grant and eligibility requirements.
$50 donation fee for processing application.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information on how to apply.
Phone: (855) 888-PIFFF (7433)

In-State Assistance Only

New York State Infertility Demonstration Program
A grant from New York State for IVF treatment that is given to select IVF clinics.
On-Site Infertility Facilities Selected to Participate.
Funds are allocated to select centers meeting high standards of IVF success rates and patient volume.
To determine if you are eligible for the New York State Infertility Demonstration Program, please contact one of the providers on this list.
Contact Information:
Website: Visit Infertility Demonstration Program for more information
Phone: 1-800-522-5006 or through TTY access at 1-800-655-1789
Fax: (518) 474-6041

Cleveland Clinic – Ohio Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)
You must be a resident of Ohio, Florida or Nevada and meet the geographic requirements identified in the policy.
They offer emergency and other medically necessary hospital-level services free of charge.

(1) You are currently an eligible recipient of the General Assistance or the Disability Assistance Programs

(2) Your income is at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (the FPG).

For information regarding Cleveland Clinic Financial Assistance Policy and Financial Assistance Application Form, please refer to the contact information below for Cleveland Clinic financial counselors.

Contact Information:
Website: – Financial Assistance
Phone: (866) 621-6385