For some, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) provides the very best chances at successfully becoming pregnant.
IVF is a smart choice for many people suffering from infertility because it produces the highest success rates. If you're considering IVF, you should have an understanding the clinical process, costs involved, and the decisions involved in each type of IVF cycle, such as embryo testing for disorders or gender and egg and embyro freezing options for having children in the future.
The basics of IVF are fairly straightforward. A woman's mature eggs are removed from the body and fertilized in a laboratory environment, where growth can be evaluated, pre-implantation testing (PGD/PGS) can be performed, and viable embryos can be selected for transfer into the mother's uterus for implantation and growth into a healthy bouncing baby girl or boy.
When egg or sperm donors are used help the process, we refer to the process as Third Party Reproduction.
There are several variations to the basic IVF process that can increase chances at success, ensure genetic disorders aren't passed on, identify chromosomal abnormalities, shorten the number of cycles required and cost less.
For example, you may choose Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) along with IVF. PGD is for anyone wishing to eliminate the possibility of passing on a genetic disorder, such as Cystic Fibrosis, along to their children. We can also test for gender using PGD, effectively allowing you to choose the sex of your child.
Another process to consider in conjunction with IVF is Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS). PGS is for anyone wishing to eliminate the possibility of having a child with chromosomal abnormalities like Down Syndrome, and may be recommended for anyone experiencing recurrent miscarriages, someone who is older or whose ovaries do not work at 100% anymore, or someone with multiple failed fertility treatments. Just like PGD, PGS can also test for gender in order to select the sex of your child, if you so choose.
Once you meet with a fertility specialist and have discussed the kind of IVF cycle you will undergo, you should have a one on one meeting with a Financial Counselor to discuss the costs of IVF. Out of pocket expenses can be very little if you have insurance coverage. However, if you are a self-pay patient, costs can be quite overwhelming. But, finances should never keep you from becoming a parent. If you feel you may struggle to afford possible multiple cycle treatments, you may want to choose a smaller practice like ours, where you are more likely to find special discounts on fertility treatments and even payment plans in some cases.