For many couples, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the best chance for getting pregnant and starting a family. At the same time, IVF is a notoriously expensive procedure with no guarantees of success, and insurance doesn’t usually cover the cost. Although the costs of IVF can’t be completely eliminated, it is possible to find organizations that offer lower cost, more affordable IVF treatments.
During IVF, eggs are collected from the ovaries and fertilized outside the uterus. The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus, where pregnancy will hopefully occur. To reduce the cost of future cycles, any extra embryos can be frozen and stored for later use. IVF requires women to undergo a regimen over hormone treatment before the eggs are harvested, and sometimes after the embryos are transferred.
Factors Affecting Cost
As you can see, IVF is a complicated process that requires the use of several different medical procedures and a significant amount of medication. As a result, the costs are not insignificant. However, some places offer more affordable rates than others. One of the most important things to look for is a free-standing facility, rather than one connected to a hospital, as these facilities are often able to keep their overhead costs low. In addition, the organization should be dedicated to keeping costs low.
Another important factor influencing cost is how many cycles of IVF you go through before getting pregnant. There’s no way to know beforehand how successful IVF will be. One strategy many couples use is to determine how many cycles they’re willing to go through in advance – this also serves the purpose of establishing an upper limit to the potential costs.
Advanced Fertility Services in New York City offers affordable IVF. Because we are a freestanding fertility clinic, we are able to offer IVF at the very competitive rate of $8,000 per cycle, as opposed to the $9,000 – $15,000 offered at most other facilities. For cycles using frozen embryos from past IVF cycles, we are able to offer a rate of $3,500.
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