Mom and Dad, Here’s Why the IVF Program Is Expensive

Mom and Dad, Here's Why the IVF Program Is Expensive

The in vitro fertilization (IVF) program is one of the pregnancy programs that has a more complex procedure than other types of pregnancy programs. So, what makes the IVF program expensive?

For couples who have been married for a long time and have not yet achieved pregnancy, IVF is one of the options to have children. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a pregnancy program where fertilization is carried out outside the body (in vitro) or in the laboratory.

Generally, couples who opt for the IVF program have certain indications making it difficult to conceive naturally or through insemination. Nevertheless, many couples still consider undergoing this type of pregnancy program.

Reasons Why the IVF Program Is Expensive

The cost required to undergo the IVF program is indeed more expensive than other types of pregnancy programs. The amount varies depending on the condition of each couple.

This is because the IVF cycle includes a number of procedures, such as:

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  • Egg stimulation

  • Egg retrieval/ovum pick up (OPU)

  • Fertilization process

  • Monitoring embryo development for 3-5 days

  • Transferring embryo into the uterus

  • Two-week wait (2 weeks waiting)

  • Pregnancy test

In addition, Mom also needs to undergo laboratory or blood tests before the egg retrieval or ovum pick up (OPU). During the IVF cycle, Mom will take certain medications prescribed by the doctor.

The IVF program is a complex procedure that includes advanced technology and requires a significant amount of time. Therefore, the IVF program requires a considerable amount of money.

Before deciding to start an IVF pregnancy program, Mom and Dad need to consult and undergo fertility checks for both. This is because to understand the condition and indications of each patient for undergoing IVF.

Not only that, there are supporting services for the IVF program available at fertility clinics, such as:

  • Egg/sperm freezing

  • Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

  • Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

  • Laser Assisted Hatching (LAH)

  • Embryo Glue

So, Mom and Dad, that’s why the cost of IVF is high. However, the range of IVF costs varies depending on Mom and Dad’s condition. Especially before undergoing the IVF procedure, Mom and Dad need to undergo further actions to prepare conditions before starting the cycle.

But, don’t forget to consult with a doctor first, okay!

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Chitra Fatimah.

Source:

  • Wolff, M.V., et al. (2020). In Vitro Fertilization Technology and Child Health. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2020 Jan; 117(3): 23–30. 
  • Choe, J., et al. (2021). In Vitro Fertilization. NCBI Bookshelf. 
  • Eskew, A.M. (2017). A History of Developments to Improve in vitro Fertilization. Mo Med. 2017 May-Jun; 114(3): 156–159.
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