IVF treatment can be expensive, but it's not a good idea to only think about the cost per cycle. Lots of clinics will offer " cheap " IVF treatment to lure patients, but they end up cutting corners in order to reduce their prices. This means their success rates are low, and the poor patient ends up losing money in the bargain. It makes much more sense to calculate the cost per baby, as these factors in both the cost of the treatment, as well as the pregnancy rate, and is much more realistic!

Because test tube baby treatment is so costly, patients will often doctor shop and go from clinic to clinic in order to find out who the cheapest clinic is. This is where some unethical clinics will take them for a ride. They will take out a full-page ad in a newspaper and advertise an extremely low price to lure patients. Then, in very small print, they'll say that medications cost extra; or ultrasound scans and lab procedures will need an additional fee. This means that by the time the patient has completed the treatment cycle, they'll end up paying much more than they budgeted for, and they're obviously very bitter about this. This is why patients need to demand transparency, and insist that they have a package of all the treatment costs.

Why is test tube baby treatment so expensive?

Many infertile patients get major heartburn when they realize that they aren't able to afford test tube baby treatments because they are so expensive. They can't understand why IVF doctors charge so much, and lots of patients end up thinking of IVF clinics as being greedy.

Patients need to understand that part of test tube baby treatment is clinical – and this is what the patient sees. This includes consultations, blood tests, ultrasound scans, egg collection, and embryo transfer.

However, the heart of the IVF treatment is the IVF laboratory, and the patient doesn’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes in the IVF laboratory. This is extremely expensive, because the consumables ( test tubes and Petri dishes), and the culture medium are all imported ( which makes them expensive); and disposable, which means we can’t reuse them.

The cost of IVF treatment at the Malpani Infertility Clinic will depend upon the kind of IVF treatment you need. It can vary from Rs 1.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs. The good news is that we provide an all-inclusive treatment cost for the entire package, so there are no hidden surprises, and you don't get sticker shock.

If you want a specific quotation for your particular problem, please email me at [email protected], and I will be happy to reply.

Taking treatment at a world-class clinic will maximize your chances of success and give you peace of mind you did your best!

Treatment can be expensive, but a baby is priceless!

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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