(Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

Summary: Couples seeking IVF treatments usually neglect its emotional cost, focusing only on the financial part of it. Apart from the financial costs incurred, it is important to consider the emotional costs of the treatment.

In vitro fertilization, also popularly known as IVF treatment, is gaining considerable popularity among couples experiencing infertility issues. Treatment through this procedure is often costly and may take an emotional toll on both the man and the woman opting for it. Though most people only consider the financial cost of the procedure, there is also an emotional cost to consider. It is usually the latter, which is more burdensome for most couples seeking the treatment.

An IVF treatment costs a lot of money. However, different clinics offer different fees and charges for their services. These costs are related to the quality of care offered and the experience and expertise of the medical personnel involved. Since this is a delicate procedure that requires a lot of precision, it is important to choose a fertility clinic that has both experience and a successful track record in performing IVF treatments.

While it is tempting to compare the cost of the treatment at two different clinics with each other directly, beware of doing so. It is always better to look at the quality of the service. This can be done by breaking the cost into the base cost of the procedure and the add-on costs for additional services. Certain add-ons, including Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), storage of embryos and assisted hatching, improve the chances of success of the treatment and are therefore priced additionally. Whether the add-ons help improve the chances of success of the procedure, is an important consideration to make, while comparing costs.

In addition to considering the financial cost of the procedure, it is important to consider its emotional cost as well. Participating in an IVF treatment and subsequently waiting for its success can be an emotional roller coaster for most parents. Anyone who has been through the process can testify how emotionally trying it can be. Most patients will stress the importance of having trained and sensitive clinic staff to hold your hand during the IVF journey. This has a major impact on how the overall experience turned out to be for them. Whether the procedure has been successful or not, couples have to undergo a lot of emotional challenges. For couples, who experience failed treatments and plan for a second round of treatment, the emotional cost is usually more daunting than the financial cost – which itself can be a huge burden on them.

Clinics such as Malpani Infertility Clinic at often urge the patients to consider both financial and emotional costs of the procedure, especially if they are of advanced age, or if they are traveling from out of town to have the procedure performed. Overcoming infertility in itself can be a really emotional challenge, and therefore there is a pressing need to be in the caring hands of a doctor and hospital staff that understands the sensitivity of your issues and assist you accordingly. Along with the latest techniques and expertise, lots of care and understanding are also an important factor in easing couples through the IVF process.

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

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