Have you been trying to get pregnant, but without success? Generally, if you’ve been having unprotected sex for a year or more without falling pregnant, you’re considered eligible for the various infertility treatments that are available. Technology and research have rapidly accelerated developments in the field of infertility, with the result that many more couples are now able to fall pregnant.
Unfortunately, however, it can take more than one attempt before success is achieved, which can become very expensive. Many treatments can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars, if the couple doesn’t have insurance coverage. Very few states in the USA require health insurers to cover infertility treatments, so most couples end up having to finance the procedures themselves. Some couples end up taking a second mortgage on their home in order to pay for infertility treatments. When you realize that one in vitro fertilization (IVF) or gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT) treatment can cost $8-10,000 for each attempt, it gets very expensive.
If you’re going to consult a medical professional about infertility treatment, then chances are there’s one question you both want to have answered – what’s the problem? The first stage of infertility treatment involves a few simple tests to determine if there’s an obvious cause for the infertility. Sometimes the problem may be easy to resolve, such as a hormonal imbalance in the woman. With men, it’s important to determine if sufficient viable sperm are being produced. The lower the sperm count, the less likely one will successfully fertilize an egg.
Sometimes initial testing doesn’t reveal an obvious cause for the infertility, in which case further testing by an infertility specialist will take place. Most of the time a likely cause is found, and it’s often possible to resolve the problem with hormone treatment or surgery. Complicated technical procedures aren’t usually required.
If there’s still no obvious cause for infertility, and no success in falling pregnant, then the couple can choose to pursue more extensive infertility treatment. In this case, it’s important to research the infertility clinic you choose, and find out about the quality of the reproductive endocrinologists on staff, what sort of success rate the clinic enjoys for various procedures, what they charge, what insurance plans are accepted, and what is included or not included for any quoted costs.
Generally an infertility treatment is defined as a couple completing a cycle from beginning to end, but there are always individual variations that occur. Expenses are often quoted per treatment, and cover all the necessary visits and care involved in a full cycle. Many couples successfully fall pregnant after infertility treatment, but remember, a positive outcome is never guaranteed. For those who are keen to have a child, no matter what it takes, infertility treatments have often proven to be the answer to their prayers.