Due to the development of science and medicine, infertility is no more a predestination. In the modern world, there is a range of methods helping couples unable to conceive because of various reasons to become happy parents. Needless to say, everyone facing the problem of fertility or carrying a baby questions the price needed for the procedure of fertilization. Let us investigate average costs of IVF.
Applying for the in vitro fertilization treatment program, do not expect to get a fixed price initially, it depends on a variety of circumstances and is defined on a case by case basis. Average cost of IVF in Ukraine is 6500 USD. This price includes standard set of procedures and investigations. The fertilization itself is conducted using ICSI method. This reproductive technology supposes that one sperm cell carefully chosen according to lots of criteria is microscopically injected into the oocyte cytoplasm. It helps to get genetically related embryo even with low sperm motility.
It is important to mention that intended parents can face regressing diseases during IVF preparation. In that case it is necessary to have the treatment before the submission of the biological material and make sure of full recovery after the acute phases of illnesses. As well it is important to reach sustained remission of chronical diseases. Therapy makes the average cost of IVF higher, but it is a compulsory condition to be fulfilled for IVF treatment implementation.
There is an amount of procedures, manipulations and tests applied before the IVF which make the price of the treatment also higher. Preimplantation genetic diagnostics is among them. This method is used for investigation of embryo genome before implantation and gives opportunity to choose quality and genetically healthy cells. For the analysis, some cells, from which later placenta is formed, are taken from 3-5-day embryo and examined for chromosomal deviations, the sex of the future baby is defined as well.
The material undergoes special processing microscopically, number of chromosomes is count in each nucleus. Blastocyst with normal number of chromosomes is recommended for transfer and is implanted to a mother or cryopreserved for further storage. PGD helps prevent genetic anomalies and allows to ensure that a child will be healthy, genetic diseases are excluded and pregnancy flow will not be complicated with the pathologies of a fetus. Such diagnostics increases the average cost approximately by 3500 USD.
One of the infertility factors is inability of some women to carry a child due to different reasons. In this case, it is possible to opt for surrogate`s service. It means three people take part in the process: a father, a mother or egg donor and a woman who carries and gives birth to a child. After the delivery this woman does not presume to have rights for a child, and paternity is officially registered for biological parents. The service of a surrogate rates about 16000 USD.
If genetic material of one of the spouses is not good for fertilization or a single parent decides to go for IVF, that is possible in some countries, the necessity to use egg donor or sperm donor occurs. Donor egg undergoes a series of examinations, is carefully tested to exclude any genetic, infectious or even psychological diseases. In this case the price includes diagnostic procedures, tests and examinations of a donor and biological material, retrieval manipulation, compensation and should be levelled up. Egg donor price can make 50-2000 USD depending on personal characteristics and appearance of a person.
As IVF procedure cannot be considered as an affordable one and there are lots of risks, many clinics offer programs that makes extracorporal fertilization more accessible. In particular, there is a possibility to get a partial refund, if an implanted embryo does not result in pregnancy after 3-4 attempts. In any case, if you intend to do the IVF, but are worried about unreasonable expenses, discuss with your reproductive specialist all the possible programs of the clinic and you will find the best way out.