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Money Woes Keeping Many Couples from Fertility Treatments

on Feb 26, 2016

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Struggling to become pregnant is something that is a challenge for many couples. While the majority of couples become pregnant within the first year of trying to conceive, this is not the case for everyone.

Struggling to become pregnant is something that is a challenge for many couples. While the majority of couples become pregnant within the first year of trying to conceive, this is not the case for everyone. In fact, many couples find that it is impossible for them to become pregnant without the help of a fertility doctor. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

There are many options available for couples who are struggling to become pregnant. However, many couples find that paying for fertility treatments is extremely difficult, and in some cases impossible. Here are some of the options you can consider.

Fertility Drugs

One of the first places to start when you are trying to conceive is with fertility drugs. Some women are able to find relief from fertility problems simply by using over the counter options. However, there are also options available that doctors can prescribe to you. Some of the simple oral medication can cost a few hundred dollars, but other options may cost much more than this.

IUI

This is a procedure where sperm is inserted directly into the woman’s uterus while she is ovulating. Sperm can either be taken from the partner or bought from a donor. However, most women take fertility drugs to help ensure they will be ovulating when it comes time for this treatment.

Normally, the procedure itself costs between $200 and $300, but this doesn’t include the price of any tests or medications that must be taken. Plus, this is usually a procedure that doesn’t necessarily work on the first cycle. Some couples have been able to perform IUI at home using an oral syringe. However, this would depend on the health of the woman’s egg and whether she is certain she is ovulating or not.

In-Vitro Fertilization

IVF is by far the most successful fertility treatment. With this treatment, eggs are taken from the woman and sperm from the partner. Donor eggs and sperm may also be used with this treatment. After these items are collected, they are put together in a lab to form an embryo.

At this point, the embryo is placed back in the woman’s uterus in the hopes of generating a pregnancy. While this procedure has a high success rate, it is possible that it will not work on the first try. Instead, many couples find themselves coming back several times before they are able to become pregnant.

One of the main issues with in-vitro fertilization is that it is extremely expensive. The average costs of this procedure is over $12,000. However, for many couples it can be much more expensive when they purchase donor eggs and sperm.

Pricing for fertility treatments is definitely something that can make it harder for couples to conceiving using them. Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not pay for these procedures, which makes the costs even more staggering.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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