Many women past the age of 40 have reported success in getting pregnant with the help of IVF. If you “missed your window,” in vitro fertilization medication might be your best option to achieve fertilization and implantation.
In Vitro Fertilization (also known as “IVF” or “artificial insemination”) is a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that is used on couples (or singles) that are unable to conceive a baby on their own. This process involves fertilizing eggs by extracting them, retrieving a sample from the partner (or donor), and then combining the egg and the semen inside a laboratory dish.
Once the embryo has been formed, the doctor will proceed to transfer the embryo inside your uterus. The pregnancy will be carried normally – but it is advised that you remain in close contact with your doctor. Quick action can prevent miscarriages or any complications from IVF.
According to the cost report launched by IVF Authority, the price of the in vitro fertilization cycle may depend from clinic to clinic – but on average, it goes around $12,000. For some clinics, the basic procedure might be as high as $15,000 and as low as $10,000. The chances for the price being less than that are very low.
To that, you need to add the price of the IVF medications used in the treatment. These can be as low as $1,500, or they may go as high as $3,000. The price will be directly related to your diagnosis of infertility, as well as the other factors that your doctor may consider relevant.
Each cycle will have to be paid – but the first one will be the most expensive. For example, if you pay $19,234 for your first cycle, every additional cycle will cost you $6,955. If you went through these three cycles, you will have to pay expenses worth well over $33,000.
As you can see, the cost of IVF can be relatively high. However, depending on the clinic that you go to, you may also receive discounts. IVF is not always covered by insurance – but it may still cover part of the costs. For instance, insurance may cover the monitoring of your IVF pregnancy, or it may cover part of the drugs that you have been given.
Most of the time, paying part of the price is still better than paying the full price. Before you say that you cannot afford in vitro fertilization, talk with your doctor to see your options.
A successful IVF procedure may be a blessing for women that really want to get pregnant – but are not fertile enough to do so on their own. Indeed, the costs may be rather high. Still, when you think about it in the long term, the investment might just be worth it.
If you choose to go for IVF treatment, bear in mind that the least expensive clinic is not always the best one. Go for middle-priced ones, as they are usually very efficient in providing you a diagnosis. Based on that diagnosis, you will be given the right IVF procedure can begin.