WHAT ARE THE PATIENT RELATED FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF IVF TREATMENT IN PUNE
The cost of IVF treatment (TEST TUBE BABY COST) in any city or any part of the world is largely dependent upon PATIENT FACTORS and TREATMENT STRATEGY.
In this blog, we will examine the cost of Test Tube Baby treatment or IVF, which is one and the same process.
PATIENT-RELATED FACTORS THAT DETERMINE THE COST OF IVF TREATMENT
Age of the partners, especially the woman
Presence of co-morbidities, if any, like Diabetes, Anaemia, Hypertension, Thyroid issues, or Obesity in either/both the partners
The health of the reproductive tract – infections leading to blocked tubes, Tuberculosis, Fibroids, PCOD in women and obstructions of the semen pathway in men
Underlying conditions like Varicocele, undescended testes in men
The health of the ovaries
TREATMENT-RELATED FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE TEST TUBE BABY COST
Special tests that may be required
Type of treatment strategy used
Number of IVF cycles needed
Type of medications
HOW DOES AGE AFFECT IVF TREATMENT COSTS?
Women’s fertility decreases with age and rapidly so after the age of 35. A woman’s ability to produce good quality eggs reduces as her age approaches 40, which is considered the age around which most women get their menopause. This simply means that the woman has exhausted her complement of eggs, is now unable to produce any more eggs and therefore cannot produce a child. This is accompanied by hormonal changes as periods cease and we say that menopause has started.
However, this doesn’t mean that the woman cannot get pregnant. She can take the services of a donor, generate good quality embryos by artificially fertilizing eggs donated by a healthy woman with her husband’s sperm and achieve pregnancy by getting these embryos implanted into her uterus. This process is called IVF using Donor eggs and is very common. Here the cost of the IVF process increases by about 40k to 50k being the Donor fees.
Age is not a very major issue in men.
HOW DO CO-MORBIDITIES AFFECT THE COST OF TEST TUBE BABY TREATMENT
Co-morbidities like Diabetes, Anaemia, Hypertension, Thyroid issues, and Obesity may be present in either/both partners. These ailments may directly or indirectly affect the ability to conceive or bear a child safely. Failure to conceive, premature births, and miscarriages are known complications when such comorbidities are present. Therefore these ailments have to be first cured or brought under control before the IVF cycle can commence. Subsequently greater care, additional medicines, and more frequent monitoring may be required, which may increase the cost of the IVF cycle. More cycles may be required for a successful & healthy outcome.
WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF THE HEALTH OF THE REPRODUCTIVE TRACT ON IVF COST?
Infections, if any, need to be cleared up first. Even if the infections have been taken care of, they may leave behind residual complications like adhesions and toxic fluids in the fallopian tubes which have to be surgically neutralized. Since Intra-uterine fibroids may affect conception and result in miscarriages, they need to be surgically removed.
PCOD / PCOS is seen in a vast majority of women facing fertility issues. Depending upon the severity, it may require management ranging from medicines to surgery for facilitating conception and a pregnancy culminating in a healthy birth. In many of these cases, the eggs are numerous but do not mature and cannot generate embryos of sufficient quality. In such cases, pooling cycles may be an answer, but these will increase the cost. A more economical alternative would be IVF with self sperm and Donor eggs.
In men, underlying conditions may necessitate additional procedures to extract the sperm directly from the testes or the reproductive tract. These procedures will incur additional costs varying from 10k to 25k.
Additional treatments, expensive medicines, lab tests, more frequent monitoring, etc in such cases increase the cost of IVF as compared to non-complicated cases.
In women, the ovaries naturally stop producing good quality and number of eggs as they age. In some cases, the ageing is much faster and results in premature ovarian failure. In such cases, depending upon the severity, either expensive medication may be required or Donor eggs may need to be used, thereby increasing the cost of the IVF treatment.
From the above, it is important to note that there are several patient-related factors that require additional tests or processes. This increases the treatment cost of the cycle. However, patients must learn to look at IVF costs as an investment in a quality process in order to reduce time and cost in achieving a pregnancy that will culminate in a healthy live birth after a complete gestation.
While the above end result cannot be absolutely guaranteed by any clinic, the intent behind the process is more important. Just as there are riders on any financial investments you make and just as one invests in reliable and good stocks one must also learn to select a reliable and a good-quality IVF treatment process.
At Pearl Women’s Hospital & Yash IVF we focus on reducing the time and total cost of achieving desired results. We do not try to confuse patients by talking about cycle costs. Instead, we explain how our process enables the patients to fulfil their dreams in the least time and affordably.
Our strategy is to perform a high-quality first cycle, and freeze the additional embryos so that there remains the scope to perform a second or third cycle at a nominal additional cost. On the other hand, those who prefer a fresh IVF cycle simply to save the cycle cost will end up having to repeat the entire cycle and bear the entire cycle cost again, in case the first cycle fails to yield results.
To understand this strategy that will enable the least time and cost to achieve pregnancy do get in touch with us. We are also available for online consultation.