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IVF Treatment

IVF treatment, or In Vitro (outside the body) Fertilization, is a treatment that stimulates your ovaries and increases your chances of getting pregnant. Since this method can be more expensive than other fertility treatments, it is often attempted only when others have failed.


It is, however, more successful than those treatments, though it may take more than one treatment to have the desired effect. If you are using a donor egg or your fallopian tubes are blocked, you will likely use these treatments without previously trying another, due to the higher success rate. This treatment can be very complex, with many steps within it.


IVF Treatment Process


While it may seem counterproductive to go on a birth control pill when you are trying to get pregnant, doctors do this in order to improve your chances of becoming pregnant, by rebooting your menstrual cycle when you are taken off of it. Birth control pills also help protect you against ovarian cysts and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. If you ovulate on your own, you will need to keep track of when you do, and if you don't, or if they are rare, you will likely be put on progesterone.


Once you are ovulating, you will begin taking a GnRH antagonist (injectables), which will give the doctor control over your ovulation after treatment has begun. Treatment starts the day of your period. After the basic tests (blood test and ultrasound), you will be given fertility drugs, in the form of injections, to stimulate your ovary.


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When your follicles have grown to a good size (between 16mm and 18mm), you will be given another shot: Ovidrel, Pregnyl or Novarel, which triggers the eggs maturity.


Fertilization


The next step in your IVF treatment is to retrieve your eggs, and transfer them to the embryology lab to be fertilized. Since in vitro fertilization means fertilization outside the body, that is exactly what happens in an IVF process, which is why this treatment is sometimes referred to as a 'test tube baby.' The embryologist will take sperm from your partner and place it in a culture dish with your eggs. In cases of male infertility, the embryologist will permeate the egg with the sperm directly, using a thin needle.


A few days after this procedure, your doctor will return the healthy, fertilized eggs, or embryos, to your uterus, via a thin tube. You will have a two week wait after this procedure has happened. After this waiting period, you will be given a pregnancy test, to learn if the treatment has succeeded. Be advised, you may need a second or third treatment before the test will come out positive.


Cost


Because of the large number of doctor visits, medicines, and procedures that are involved in IVF procedure, this is a more expensive option than many other infertility treatments. The cost per treatment can be in the thousands, ranging from $12,000 to $15,000. Be wary of clinics that offer this for less than $10,000, as this can be a sign of low quality (costing you even more in future doctor visits), or it may be that they are leaving out a portion of the cost, to make it more appealing to you initially.


To lower your fee, you have an option to freeze your embryos in advance, and simply use the embryo transfer. This would cost you about $3,000. Note that if you have a male infertility problem and require additional procedures to counter that, it will add about $1,000 to your bill. Be sure to check with your insurance and learn how much, if any, they will cover for these treatments.


Success Rates


The success rate of an IVF treatment differs based upon your age, as it is generally more difficult for a woman to become pregnant the older she gets. If you are under 35, research shows that your rate of success using IVF treatments will be between 30 to 35%; women between the ages of 35 to 37 have a 25% success rate; and those between 38 and 40 have a 20% rate of success. If you are above age 40, you will have a 10% success rate with this treatment--but the use of an egg donor will raise your success rate to 45%, regardless of your age.

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