Infertility has become increasingly prevalent in India. With issues such as endometriosis and PCOD/PCOS on the rise, the number of infertile couples all over the country has increased significantly. To deal with the problem, many couples have been seeking IVF treatment in India.
What is IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization?
IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization is a process through which the eggs are extracted from the would-be mother’s ovaries and then mixed with the sperm in a lab-based dish. This fertilization outside of the womb is termed as “In-vitro” that translates to “In-glass.” Post-fertilization in the laboratory, the embryo is transferred into the uterus for further growth.
The babies born out of the IVF procedure are often called test-tube babies. Though the term is no longer in use, as it tends to have an unsavory undertone, some people continue to use it liberally. In fact, some doctors also use this term in the names of their clinics. If the woman has a blocked, damaged, or absent fallopian tube, or if she is suffering from a very severe condition of the uterus, such as endometriosis, she may opt for IVF. Men who have low sperm counts or unexplained infertility may also choose IVF to have a child.
Cost of IVF Treatment -
The IVF procedure is expensive by Indian standards, and most couples need more than one cycle before they can finally get pregnant. However, the cost of having a test tube baby in India is still much lower compared to other countries across the world. The cost of the entire procedure ranges from Rs. 1,10,000 to Rs. 2,00,000, depending on individual treatments, use of fertility drugs, and other sophisticated treatments such as embryo freezing, sperm or egg donation, or ICSI. In other countries, the cost of having an IVF is considerably higher. Basically, it is broken down into the following heads.
A. Clinical fees
B. Medication costs
C. Blood tests
Test for monitoring IVF response
D. Operation Theater costs
Vaginal egg collection
PESA/TESE ( surgical sperm retrieval)
E. IVF laboratory costs
Why Opt for IVF In India?
With improved medical technology, impeccable credentials of fertility specialists, and medical staff, and the use of the latest technologies for the purpose of IVF treatments, it is no wonder that people from all over the world come to India for IVF. The treatment cycle itself takes about 2 to 4 weeks to complete, after which the woman must take a pregnancy test to see if the fertilized embryo has implanted or not.
The success rates of IVF are very high in India, with some clinics boasting success rates as high as 65%, among women in the 21 to 30 age group. The younger the woman, the higher the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy. As the woman ages, there is a proportionate drop in success rates. However, the success rates offered by IVF in each cycle are higher compared to those of other treatments such as IUI.
In many cases, the cumulative success rate of three or more cycles may be upwards of 70%. It means, that women have the most chances of getting pregnant through IVF fertility treatments, and this often justifies the test tube baby cost. The more cycles the woman chooses to undergo, the better the chances of success.
Summary: Test tube baby costs in India are comparatively less than what they are in most other countries and people from all over the world come here for their treatment.
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