(Friday, September 19, 2014)

Summary: The cost of IVF treatments can be considerable, and therefore it is important to plan infertility treatments properly, with the help of experienced doctors and medical professionals who will guide you properly and correctly.

Having a baby can come at a real price. In fact, the cost of the tests and basic treatments for couples experiencing infertility alone can be discouraging for some. Since there may not be any definite end point to treatments, budgeting for treatment costs can be difficult. In addition to the financial burden, couples also have to think about the emotional cost of being infertile and undergoing a barrage of tests and treatments.

For most couples considering infertility treatments, IVF is usually the route with the most chances of success. Since there are several assisted reproductive techniques which cost much less than IVF, most couples reach this treatment after having spent a considerable amount of money on other tests and treatments. However, when they first approach an IVF specialist, their first question is inevitable – how much does IVF cost?

Though an IVF cycle is as much as four times as costly as an IUI treatment, it is often much wiser to opt for IVF without wasting a lot of money on other infertility treatments. IVF, though costly, offers much greater chance of success to men and women experiencing infertility issues. Couples, who continue spending money on IUI and other infertility treatments, simply because the cost of IVF seems staggering, often end up spending much more on their treatments than they would have, if they had opted for IVF in the first place.

It is important to take a comprehensive stock of the situation, rather than only considering – how much does IVF cost. The time, energy and the emotional stress that couples go through are also important factors in the consideration of the cost of fertility treatments. Since the issue of infertility is so sensitive, infertile couples often fail to view the situation completely or objectively, therefore ending up in a financially and emotionally difficult situation. They forget to consider opportunity costs – for example, the pleasure they deprive themselves of if they defer childbearing for too long, because they are too old to enjoy their babies. Since everyone has finite resources, it is important to plan fertility treatments carefully, with the help of medical professionals who have expertise in this field.

IVF treatments in India are usually much less expensive as compared to the UK and the USA. Owing to the falling value of the Rupee, and the cheaper treatment options available in India, a lot of foreigners come to the country to have a baby. The initial consultation with reputed doctors, like those at Malpani Infertility Clinic at costs only about Rs. 1,000 or about USD 20. Further testing, surgery and IVF has variable costs. Generally though, the average cost of an IVF cycle is about Rs. 2,50,000 or USD 4200. This is considerably less than the USD 10,000 to USD 15,000, which is the average cost of the procedure in the USA.

With the advent of improved equipment and technologies, and the acknowledged expertise of Indian doctors, especially in the field of infertility, more and more people from across the world are coming to India for their treatments.

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

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