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National Infertility Awareness Week 2016: Why Choose IVF?

Update Date: Apr 27, 2016 04:20 AM EDT
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With National Infertility Awareness Week officially here, In Vitro Fertilization is expectedly something that comes into mind. Known also as IVF, it is the treatment recourse for people suffering from infertility or some gene-related issues.

IVF is normally the primary treatment suggest to people who have trouble trying to have children. While it sounds like an alternative to easily address that concern, some recommend trying fertility drugs or less invasive treatment first before resorting to it.

The reason behind is likely stems from the batting average that IVF carries. Depending on one’s age, IVF doesn’t necessarily render good odds. Nearly 35 percent of IVF procedures are successful in women under the age of 35, but only 15–25 percent of IVF procedures are successful for women between the ages of 35 and 40 according to an article from Pregnancy Corner.

For those who are unaware, IVF is when an embryologist combines an egg and sperm on a lab dish for fertilization which would eventually be transferred to a female’s uterus if the process is successful. The problem is however not confined to one of the partners.

The struggles could be caused by problems plaguing both a man and a woman. A man could be having trouble producing sperm for fertilization to happen or perhaps when a woman has trouble producing healthy eggs.

Regardless of who or what is hindering pregnancy and outside the fact of the not-so impressive rate of success, one thing that people are concerned about is the cost of resorting to IVF. Popular clinics charge an atrocious sum ranging from $10,000 to $12,000 for a complete cycle, a costly resolution just to seek aid in bearing a child. It should be noted as well that there could be multiple cycles needed since there could be setbacks.

Some may charge less but there are of course the so-called hidden charges. Sadly it is something not covered by insurance meaning people will have to shell out that hefty sum.

The question now is when do people resort to IVF? On that aspect, time is a key element. With people aging, the batting average of success declines and thus offers a bit of pressure on the part of the couple.

The best way is to seek consultation with your doctor to find out if IVF is a need. It is a solution (with risks) but if people are inclined to have children, it is seen as a proper recourse when all other methods to fight infertility fail.

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