In vitro fertilization (IVF) prices
In vitro fertilization is a method increasingly used by many couples, who annually make the decision not to paralyze their sleep, becoming parents and living a series of enriching experiences. One of the most frequent questions that interested couples ask themselves, is the price of the process and the value for money.
Most people think that assisted reproduction is expensive. The question is that the couple or interested person must evaluate and find out what the prices are due to (depending on the selected country) and the variations in the technique, which are subject to the cause of infertility.
There are two modalities that are used in this type of assisted reproduction, in vitro fertilization and sperm micro injection . The only variation is that sperm micro injection is involved one more phase than IVF. When it comes to introducing the sperm into the egg, the specialized team takes care of it. The cause may be due to the fact that the sperm have little or no mobility, making it impossible for them to fertilize the egg. This change may increase the budget of the practice.
Prices for in vitro fertilization vary between countries and the clinic of preference. In the United States the average is between $ 12,500 – $ 16,000, while in Colombia the average is between $ 5000 – $ 5500. However, the success rates remain in the same line, and often between countries, the law that protects them restricts the financial limits of the practice. Colombia maintains a high reputation with the processes of surrogacy and reproductive assistance for safety and high medical-technological range.
It is one of the most sought after countries in the Latin American area, as well as being known by tourists from Europe and the whole world. Another country that offers lower cost surrogacy compared to adjacent countries is Turkey, with full treatments ranging from $ 2500 – $ 3000. The above budgets do not include flights and stays that foreigners must schedule in advance.
One of the phases is ovarian stimulation, after the process there may be eggs that the couple wishes to freeze for donation or their later use.This cost (which is usually monthly) is also not included in the previous budget (which varies between $ 900 – $ 950).
In the case of Colombia, the factors that intervene in the total budget are:
- Scheduled consultations at the beginning of the ovarian stimulation process.
- Monitoring the growth and maturation of oocytes through ultrasound.
- The extraction of the mature oocytes (session that does not last more than half an hour).
- Study of the extracted eggs to select the candidates with the greatest chances of success.
- Collection and analysis of semen.
- Fertilization of the genetic material, in this case it is by micro sperm injection, the sperm are introduced directly into the ovules.
- Embryo culture and cell analysis in some cases, to avoid genetic pathologies.
- Implantation of the embryos in the uterus.
- Pregnancy test 13 days after implantation.
- These steps include the entire budget of the doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses who will be present in some of the previous phases.
Another important point that is not included in the budget, are the medicines and supplements that the patient will need all the way, and that vary from $ 2,000 – $ 3,000. The difference is due to the health and age of the person who will undergo the treatment. If the person is less than 32 years old, the cost will be $ 2000- $ 2200. If, on the other hand, the range is 40 years and older, the cost will increase between $ 2,800 – $ 3,000.
Comparing the price with the quality is not a point to emphasize, the high prices do not imply a higher percentage of success.
In fact, the same range of effectiveness is maintained. An important point is to choose a clinic that inspires confidence and comfort. Many clinics specialize in different sectors, and making an execution plan is a good option for expectant parents.
The initial budgets if they can increase, like all human practice, have a failure percentage that can delay and increase the initial fee. It is recommended that the couple have a residual money in case of any unforeseen situation. It should be noted that these emergent situations are not common, but it is better to be forewarned.
In vitro fertilization is considered a high risk treatment for all the phases it goes through and the delicate nature of the process, extracting the oocytes, fertilizing them and implanting them requires technique and patience. In addition to working with the human body, they can react in different ways to medications.
In vitro fertilization is mostly performed by surrogacy centers, or clinics specialized in assisted reproduction. Benefiting this sector of the population that seeks to become parents, with increasingly effective methods.