Lots of clinics offer IVF packages these days, and these
are helpful because not all patients will get pregnant in their first IVF
cycle. Signing up for a package which offers 3 cycles ensures that they have realistic
expectations of IVF treatment, and that they understand that it may take time
for them to be successful. They start thinking about their cumulative pregnancy
rate over two or three cycles, rather than think of IVF as a single shot
The problem is that a lot of clinic which offer these IVF
packages hide a lot of fine print in them. This misleads patients, because the
clinic does not include the cost of basics such as medications or tests.
Even worse, they will offer "add-on" medications
at an extra cost, by up-selling them as
being more "effective". This is why patients need to be very careful
when signing up for these packages.
Some of the best IVF packages are the shared risk ones.
These offer to refund the money if the patient fails to get pregnant, and are extremely
popular in the US, because this aligns the interests for the clinic and the
It gives the patient a lot of comfort, because a safety
net has been created, and allows them to put a cap on their expenses. This is a
progressive measure, which needs to be encouraged in India as well!
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence?