In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment that allows a couple to have a baby through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In IVF, two eggs are removed from the woman’s ovaries and administered to the man’s sperm, which is added via an IVP process, to create an embryo.
An IVF procedure can cost as little as $400 ($200 for the IVF drug and $200 for the consultation), but more expensive ones can cost up to $10,000. The most expensive type, where the man receives his semen in a dish and another person ejaculates on it, is called autologous sperm administration (ASA).
Why Is It So Expensive?
The main reason more expensive IVFs and ASAs exist is because of increased research costs. Currently, there is no federal funding for research into infertility treatments such as IVFs or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This contributes to the high cost of them.
Additionally, insurance does not always cover these types of procedures so only recently has research been conducted.
Many factors affect the cost of IVF
There are a few main factors that can increase the cost of IVF. These include:
Determination – It is more expensive to continue with your IVF after you fail than it is to have a second baby. This is because there are more egg retrieval sessions required to make another pregnancy happen. Because of this, some fertility doctors choose not to offer this additional treatment as a add-on to IVF.
Time– Again, this depends on the doctor, but in my experience, it takes about 6 months for a change in estrogen and testosterone levels to completely affect medication levels. This can sometimes make it hard to determine whether a patient has achieved an adequate outcome after IVF has failed.
Available funds- As mentioned earlier, loans are costly due to the use of charge cards. It would be hard or impossible for someone to pay off their loan while undergoing IVF.
Number of embryos created
IVF is one of the most popular fertility treatments today. It can be both cost effective and impactful!
As we discussed earlier, the average IVF cycle can take about six weeks to six months to determine whether or not a baby was created. During this time, you are both excited and nervous. You stay up late going over your notes and chatting with your doctor andiblings during the early stages.
Your baby is transferred to an egg bank around eight weeks into the IVF process, when you are around six weeks into your cycle. This is to ensure that there are no leftover eggs from your previous cycle or from another woman!
The longest IVF cycles can take is six to eight weeks, depending on how quickly everything else goes.
Type of embryo created
IVF, or intra-uterine insemination, is a method used to create a baby through fertilization with its mother’s egg and the father’s sperm. This is an expensive way to parent because of the cost of the embryo.
With IVF, two pieces of tissue, called a ovum and an egg are placed into the woman’s fallopian tube. Once these eggs are inside the woman’s body, they must be transported to a fertility specialist for possible implantation.
If all goes well, the woman becomes pregnant within several months! This process can cost more than just money: property taxes may be paid by the hospital or doctor who perform IVF, transportation to and from appointments, nutritional supplementation needed for pregnancy, and any surgery needed during implantation or afterwards.
Patient medical history
When undergoing fertility treatments, it is important to give your doctor and hospital any patient medical history you have with regard to fertility medications or treatments.
Many doctors will ask if you have any recent fertility drugs or treatments before offeringIVF, though this is usually done in collaboration with a specialist.
If IVF is offered, then the rest of the treatment can be scheduled around this process. The hope is that if something goes wrong during IVF, the doctor can treat the problems in conjunction with the husband’s fertility medication sessions or himself.
If only Ithrhas been used, then the doctor can ask about any symptoms that may have been caused by it. This is important to do as some drugs can cause miscarriages in women who are not cycle regular.
Ovarian reserve testing
Ovarian reserve testing is one of the more expensive procedures performed in America. It refers to the process of fertilizing an ovary with a man’s sperm and then following up with a woman’s egg.
This procedure is not available on the market-knew ones. Instead, it requires a special educational process, including having your partner help with a simulation of sexual intercourse.
And, it must be done well, as only about 5% of eggs that are ready to be fertilized succeed. This includes those that don’t meet the right requirements like being pregnant or not being able to do it myself because I was out of my mind about it before!
So, why does it cost so much? Because only about 5% of women who have this procedure are willing to pay for it.
Serum hormone testing
Serum hormone testing is one method of in-vitro fertilization. It was once the norm, but due to recent reports regarding its effectiveness, it may be less common than it was earlier.
Currently, only states that require a serum hormone test for IVF are allowed to offer the procedure. This is due to recent reports showing its effectiveness is limited.
As the name implies, a serum test involves taking a small amount of your blood during an IVF treatment and testing the levels of estrogen and testosterone in addition to follicle-stimulating hormone and norepesterone.
Because of recent reports linking it to higher risks for womb cancers and birth defects, many IVF centers now do not use this test.
However, before being able to undergo an IVF treatment with just this test, you must first have another one done.
Another costly addition to IVF treatments is ultrasound monitoring. This feature requires a hospital-based ultrasound unit or a home-based one-unit ultrasonometer.
At the center of the one-unit ultrasonometer is a sensor that monitors the movement of an egg in the woman’s oviduct. During IVF treatment, this unit must be connected to a monitor for about six hours per day for several days leading up to intercourse.
The man must also have his penis checked every week for growth by an erectile dysfunction (ED) professional using just a couple of fingers. These checks can be made at least three days before sex and continued during sex, depending on whether or not the man was able to achieve erection.
Both requirements are due to the fact that if an egg does not grow during those six hours of daily monitoring, it could potentially escape and proceed down another route such as fertilization in vitro (IV).
Antagonist protocol used
In IVF, a cocktail of antagonist drugs is used to disrupt the process of fertilization. These drugs have been shown to reduce embryo development and efficiency, increase the chance of miscarriages or single embryo loss (also known as a unicellular organism becoming a multicellular organism), and cost prohibitively.
Despite their negative effects, these drugs are still in use today due to increased reimbursement. However, increased awareness about their effects and cost now-a-days has made them hard to remove.
Even when embryos don’t survive the IVF process, they are still admitted for research purposes. Surrogacy is expensive enough without having to pay for lost embryos as well.
To prevent insurance companies from reducing reimbursements for IVF sessions due to decreased success rates, antagonist protocol is used.