More than 85,000 women choose in vitro fertilization (IVF) annually in the U.S. as a way to create a family. Although many view the procedure as a treatment for infertility, there are others reasons why women undergo the procedure. In a recent article in Forbes titled “The Cost of IVF: 4 Things I Learned While Battling Infertility,” Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy discusses her journey with IVF and how being a carrier for the single-gene disorder Tay-Sachs led her down the path for IVF. Since both she and her husband are carriers for the disorder, they also had to utilize pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), a type of embryo chromosome health screening procedure, to ensure that the embryos selected for pregnancy were not affected by Tay-Sachs.
Although it is amazing to have this technology available to us--and to provide couples like Jennifer and her husband family-building options--it is not cheap by any means. Nationally, the average IVF cost is roughly $12,000 excluding the price of medications and special procedures, which can cost another $3,000 to $5,000. If, like Jennifer, you want to utilize PGS in your treatment, you’re looking at another $3,000 to $6,000. Conservatively speaking, IVF costs roughly $20,000 in total for each attempt to have a healthy baby.
On a positive note, many clinics offer “multi-cycle” and “refund” programs which provide patients multiple IVF cycles for a single discounted price, helping to lower IVF costs. The discounted fee for a multi-cycle plan can cost about 30% to 40% less than if you choose to pay on a cycle-by-cycle basis. To help manage your IVF costs, the Univfy IVF Cost Calculator is a free tool that can help you make a more informed decision on what type of package is right for you. The calculator provides a side-by-side comparison of each option, taking into account the price of the packages you are considering and your personalized chances of IVF success.
Along with the expensive cost for the procedure, Jennifer mentions the dilemma of choosing to undergo the procedure. She writes that the rate of success “is about 40% of the time,” depending on maternal age and other factors. But, by this, she means an average success rate for all IVF patients without taking into account that each woman’s and her partner’s reproductive profiles are unique. There are many other factors to consider when determining IVF success rates. Univfy IVF Prediction Tests take factors beyond age alone such as body mass index (a composite of your height and weight), your ovarian reserve test result, whether you had miscarriages or pregnancies before, and sperm count to provide patients an IVF prediction of their personalized chance of having a baby with IVF. In fact, Univfy researchers have found that more than half of patients tested have a better chance of IVF success than age alone would suggest.
If, like Jennifer, you are considering IVF as a family-building option, be sure to take a look at how Univfy can help you though your IVF journey. Being informed is the best way to go into any procedure, and Univfy IVF Prediction Tests can provide you with highly accurate, personalized information.
To read Jennifer’s article on Forbes please click here.
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