What is IVF treatment?
IVF stands for In vitro fertilization. This is a process of fertilizing an egg by combining it with sperm outside the body, in vitro.
The IVF treatment involves a series of processes such as monitoring and stimulating a person’s ovulatory process, eliminating an ovum or ova from the ovaries followed by fertilizing the sperm in a culture medium within a well-established laboratory.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex series of procedures that can help infertile couples with higher fertility rates. IVF treatment cures and prevents genetic problems thereby assisting with the conception of a child.
In short, the IVF treatment procedure involves the collection of mature eggs (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilizing the same by sperm in a lab.
Why is IVF treatment done?
IVF treatment is done to help a woman become pregnant successfully irrespective of the age group. The IVF treatment is also used to treat many causes of infertility which counts in the following:
Advanced Maternal age of the woman, Damaged or blocked Fallopian tubes caused due to the pelvic inflammatory disease. Moreover, IVF treatment also helps cure any prior reproductive surgery.
How is IVF treatment carried out?
During the IVF treatment, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries. After the collection of the mature eggs, the process of fertilizing eggs by sperm in a lab is carried out. Then the fertilized egg also known as embryo or eggs known as embryos are transferred to a uterus.
One Complete cycle of IVF treatment takes an average of one week time. The majority of couples positively conceive with this process of IVF treatment. Sometimes the above-mentioned steps are divided into different parts and the process might take a longer time duration.
How much does IVF treatment cost?
IVF treatment might be pretty expensive but it’s cost-effective as compared to other fertility treatments.
The average cost for 1 cycle of IVF treatment includes medicines, procedures, anesthesia, ultrasounds, blood tests, lab work, and embryo storage costs.
The average cost of an IVF cycle range between Rs 2.5 lakhs and Rs 4 lakhs. This IVF treatment cost counts in additional medicines and test charges. Sometimes a complete IVF treatment price escalates due to the inclusion of the charges of extra procedures like Frozen Embryo Transfer.
Many states have laws that state command on health insurance companies to cover up some or all of the costs of infertility treatment.
Benefits of IVF treatment:
• IVF treatment helps many intended couples conceive who would be otherwise unable to conceive.
• It has also helped meet the demand for safe pregnancy with a safe track record.
• IVF treatment has shown to be more successful fertility treatment as compared to IUI and other forms of assisted reproductive technology.
• The fertility treatment helps single women and same-sex couples also.
• Intended couples can use donated eggs or sperm to be used ( as recommended by Fertility specialists) during the IVF treatment.