IVF is the best chance for many couples struggling with infertility to start a family. Because of the complexity of the procedure, IVF can be quite expensive; in addition, it’s not uncommon for several cycles to be required. Although some costs are unavoidable, doctors can take steps to offer affordable IVF.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most intensive forms of treatment for infertility. During this procedure, the woman takes medication to stimulate the production of eggs. The eggs are then removed from the ovaries using a minimally invasive procedure, and fertilized. The resulting embryos are allowed to mature for several days, then are transferred back to the uterus. Extra embryos can be frozen for future use.
Factors Affecting Cost
A number of factors affect the cost of IVF. Things to consider include:
- Number of cycles – Each cycle can add thousands on to the cost of IVF. Freezing your embryos can help reduce this cost by about half. In addition, some couples set a limit to the number of cycles they’re willing to undergo at the outset.
- The clinic – Freestanding clinics often have lower overhead costs than those associated with hospitals. If doctors pass on these savings to patients, rates can be lower.
- Use of additional procedures – If you need any additional procedures, such as the use of donor sperm, that procedure will add on to the overall cost of treatment.
Choosing a Doctor
When you look for a doctor, keep in mind both cost and quality. There is no need to sacrifice one for the other when it comes to fertility treatment. A great doctor will put you at ease, have plenty of experience working with IVF, have past patients who report good results, and the success numbers to prove it. In terms of affordability, you can call around between several clinics to determine which offers the best rates.
At Advanced Fertility Services, Dr. Hugh Melnick is able to offer affordable IVF and other fertility treatments, while also providing excellent care. To schedule your consultation today, please give us a call at (212) 398-8700 or click below and we will get right back to you.