IVF cost too high? Best IVF protocols & tips to reduce IVF cost w/o hurting IVF success

There is no doubt that IVF is the bestfertility treatment with the highest pregnancy rate. However, IVF is also themost expensive fertility treatment. There are ways that you can reduce some IVF costs and make it more affordable stay tuned. First, let's talk about the differentcomponents that make up the cost for IVF You have IVF medications, monitoring, theIVF egg retrieval, the stuff that's done in the laboratory and then the IVFtransfer. Let's talk about IVF medications first. There are several different types of medications used in the process of stimulating the ovariesbefore the egg retrieval.

The most expensive of these medications are called gonadotropins. These are the medications that containthe hormones FSH or LH Some of the brands that are commonly used include: Follistim, Gonal-F and Menopur Both Follistim and Gonal-F contain FSH and serve as the primary hormone to stimulate the ovaries.Some doctors, however, like to add Menopur Menopur contains both FSH and LH. Doctors who like Menopur use it for the added LH but this is an expensive choice. Thedaily cost for an average 150 international unit dose of Menopur is$180 per day. Over the course of an average 10 days stimulation this addsnearly $2,000 to your medication costs.

A less expensive alternative, which I useat the Naperville Fertility Center, is called the low dose hCG protocol. hCG and LH are very similar hormones. You can use hCG in place of LH and it actually worksbetter because it lasts longer in the body. One brand of hCG called Pregnyl costs about 110 dollars for one bottle But that one bottle will last you for theentire stimulation. So this one change to your protocol not only works better, butcan save you about $1,700 in medication costs by not having to use Menopur. Butwait – there's more!!! hCG is roughly six times more potentthan FSH So once the FSH has started yourfollicles growing, and you start hCG,.

You can reduce the dose of FSH or in somecases stop it completely How much does this save you? If we use an average IVFdose of FSH of 300 international units per day A 600 international unitcartridge of Follistim would last you two days and cost about six hundred andtwenty dollars Over a ten day stimulation, that's about $3,100. But if you start low dose hCG by say the sixth day and reduce the dose of FSH to 75 youwould save another $1,300 in medication cost If you're a patient who doesn'trespond well to fertility medication which fertility doctors call a poorresponder, this change can save you.

Several thousand dollars. Just think whatyou could do with all of that extra money How about the IVF laboratory? Doyou know that there are two different ways that eggs can be fertilized withsperm? In the first method, sperm are placed in the lab dish near the egg. Thisis called standard insemination. The second method involves injecting a spermdirectly into an egg. This technique is called ICSI, which stands forintracytoplasmic sperm injection. Most IVF centers will charge an extra $1200 to $2000 dollars to do ICSI. So should you pay the extraamount? If you're a couple with a male factor, like low sperm counts, poormotility or an abnormal Cap-Score or a.

History of failed fertilization, then youshould absolutely spend the money to have ICSI. But what if you aren't inone of these groups? First, it's important to understand that pregnancy rates withICSI are not any better than with standard insemination. ICSI is just a toolto get the eggs fertilized. If you have a normal semen analysis and Cap-Score and you use standard insemination, the risk that none of the eggs will fertilize issomewhere around 5 to 15%. In other words, there is a 5 to 15% chance youcould end up with zero embryos. If that risk is acceptable to you, then youshould discuss standard insemination with your doctor. What would really begreat is if you had medical insurance.

That covered the cost of IVF. Here in theUnited States, there are several states that require insurance coverage for IVF.The best two states for IVF coverage are Illinois, where the Naperville FertilityCenter is located, and Massachusetts. Across the world, there are somecountries that pay for IVF as part of their national health services, like theU.K. But there are often restrictions. In Ontario, Canada, for example, you can get one cycle of IVF paid for, but you are still responsible for the medicationcosts. So my tips would be very helpful to our close friends to the north. If youlike this video remember to like this video. If you have an idea for a futureepisode of InfertilityTV, leave it in.

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