Many couples view IVF as an expensive treatment to embark upon, especially when a successful outcome cannot be guaranteed. And for this reason, many couples decide not to attempt a cycle and thus deny themselves the chance at becoming parents.
To be fair though, the costs of IVF have remained almost constant in the past decade, due mainly to the fact that doctors realize the burden of finance and have instituted measures to reduce costs. While some of the cost-savings may not result in any substantial change to the quality of the IVF cycle, patients have to remember that beyond a certain point, the chances of achieving a healthy live birth may be affected.
The total cost of an IVF cycle can be broken down into three large groups. The first is the cost of the hormonal medications which are required to stimulate a woman’s egg production. Due to the complexities of the process, these hormones are produced by only a handful of companies worldwide and are costly.
Secondly, the IVF laboratory takes responsibility for nurturing the sperm and eggs and generating embryos which eventually become your baby. Maintaining high standards and investing in the highest quality equipment and materials is a costly proposition. Any compromises here risk the success of the whole IVF cycle.
And finally, it is the human touch that puts all this technology together. In the search for ever-higher pregnancy rates, there is no substitute for experienced and highly skilled staff, along with the constant upgrading of skills and equipment. These human resource and investment costs eventually do add-up.
As with anything else, higher levels of training, investment and raw materials usually add-up to higher IVF costs. And higher quality explains why some IVF clinics have consistently high pregnancy and delivery rates. Every IVF unit has pregnancies, it is just a matter of how many.