What Does In Vitro Fertilization Offer?

For couples in Olathe, Kansas and other parts of the country, in vitro fertilization is a popular and well-known procedure to help them achieve their goals. Infertility can be very troubling and stressful, which can actually be a further detriment to fertility. By understanding one's condition as much as possible, as well as the treatments available to them, many feel more comfortable with the process of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF.

The procedure involves the combination of sperm and eggs in a laboratory to create embryos. Once the embryos are created, they may be transferred to the uterus where they may implant in the uterine lining and develop. For most, only two or three embryos are transferred to help cut down on the risk of multiple pregnancies. Some transfer only one embryo, although the fewer embryos that are transferred, the lower the chances of the procedure's success. Couples should know if the procedure is a success roughly two weeks after the procedure when a pregnancy test is taken. A blood test may be conducted to confirm a positive home pregnancy test.

For its popularity, IVF remains rather hit or miss in terms of success rates. Certain procedures may help to improve the chances of success, and couples or individuals who are undergoing the procedure should always inquire about what they may be able to do to improve the chances of success. Fertility medication may be used to stimulate ovulation to produce multiple mature eggs for use in the procedure. The success rate is often quoted at around 40 to 45%, although women with certain medication conditions may have a lower success rate. As women age, the chances of success further decline.

The procedure usually runs about $12,000, although prices vary from clinic to clinic. Most procedures are in the $10,000 to $15,000 range, but even this can vary. Insurance typically does not provide coverage of treatment costs, although portions may be covered if combined with various diagnostic surgical procedures. It is important that patients or couples speak about this with their doctor and their insurance company for a more accurate portrayal of what their insurance may or may not cover. To reduce costs, some couples choose to freeze embryos that are not used in the initial treatment session. The unused embryos may be used in future IVF sessions.

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