The rising costs of fertility treatments (and how to avoid breaking the bank)
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD writes:
When you are trying to become pregnant, you may start worrying about the costs of fertility treatments. While having a baby is an exciting time, stress about the costs of fertility treatments can make it difficult to relax and think about your future family. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests
There are no “cheap” ways to get pregnant, understanding the cost of various fertility treatments may help you make decisions on what methods will be best for you. There is no substitute for careful discussions with your doctor, the following can give you a general idea of what to expect from different treatments:
Fast fact #1: Fertility Drugs - The first choice for many infertility concerns, fertility drugs can help many people get pregnant. The drugs help regulate your hormones and ensure that one or more eggs are released each month, improving your chances to conceive naturally. Between 20 and 60 percent of women who use fertility drugs become pregnant. The cost for clomiphene is about $50 per month, and gonadotropin injections run between $2000 and $5000 per month.
Fast fact #2: Surgery - If you have certain forms of infertility such as blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or certain genetic defects, your doctor may use surgery to fix these issues and allow pregnancy to occur more easily. Surgery is effective for 40 to 60 percent of women who have a condition which can be repaired with surgery. The costs of surgery range from $3000 to $10,000, depending on what the doctor must do to repair the problem.
Fast fact #3: Artificial Insemination - Doctors use artificial insemination to insert a high number of sperm directly into your uterus to ensure that sperm are present when you ovulate. Your doctor may use artificial insemination along with fertility drugs in order to improve your chances to conceive. The method is effective in between 5 to 25 percent of women, but the success rate varies depending on the cause of infertility. The cost of artificial insemination ranges from $300 to $700 for each attempt.
Fast Fact #4: In-Vitro Fertilization - During IVF, a doctor retrieves eggs from your ovaries and fertilizes them with sperm donated by your partner, and then implants the fertilized embryos in your uterus. The success rate is between 28 and 35 percent, depending on your health and the cause of infertility. Cost for a single round of IVF is between $8000 and $15000.
Fast Fact #5: Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) - Sperm and eggs are mixed as they are in IVF, but the mixture is surgically implanted into your fallopian tubes which allows fertilization and conception to occur naturally within your body. Between 25 and 30 percent of women who try GIFT successfully conceive. The cost of GIFT ranges from $8000 to $15000 for each attempt.
Fast Fact #6: Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT) - As with IVF and GIFT, sperm and eggs are mixed in a lab. With ZIFT, a doctor monitors the eggs to ensure they are fertilized before surgically placing the fertilized eggs in your fallopian tubes. The success rate is between 25 and 30 percent, and the price of the procedure is between $8000 and $15000 per attempt.
Your doctor may have other options available to you, but these are the most commonly used fertility treatments. The costs of fertility treatments will vary based on where you live and what is available in your area. Be sure to consult your insurance company to determine if they will cover any of the costs of these procedures and talk to your doctor to determine what is right for you.
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