A very common question single women, and women in a same sex relationship, ask is: “should I opt for donor Insemination or IVF?”

In the video below, Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith and George Koustas, from the Agora Clinic in Sussex, go through the key differences between donor insemination, or DI, and IVF.

The biggest difference between the two fertility treatments is the way fertilisation takes place. With donor insemination, the sperm is placed at the top of the uterus and will swim up the fallopian tube to reach the egg. With IVF however, fertilisation takes place outside the body in the laboratory.

The embryo creation process takes three to five days. With IVF the embryology team can see what’s going with the eggs and sperm in the petri dish. Whilst, with donor insemination the process is hidden with the body.

Building on this basic difference, the video explores the pros and cons of each fertility treatment, and considers certain scenarios where donor insemination or IVF is a better option.

Donor Insemination or IVF: How to choose?