What Are Your Choices?
According to some studies, around 12% of the US population is infertile. This is a significant percentage and for some couples, infertility can have a detrimental emotional effect. Fortunately, for many couples, infertility can be treated. There are a large number of fertility treatments available to those who meet the requirements.
Artificial insemination is a treatment by which sperm that has been prepared, is inserted, via a catheter, into the womb. The procedure is performed in a hospital and is suitable for situations where the man has a low sperm count or his sperm is low quality. The success rate is around 15-20% after one cycle, rising to 60-70% after six cycles.
In Vitro Fertilization
IVF one of the most common fertility treatments. It requires multiple steps, starting with sperm collection and egg harvesting, which are then used for fertilization under laboratory conditions. If fertilization takes place, the doctor implants the egg into the womb. It is more suitable for older women, cases of damage to the fallopian tubes, or in cases of unexplained infertility. The success rate varies according to age.
They are the cheapest option and they come in both pills and injection. The hormones in the drugs encourage ovulation and boost the production of eggs. This procedure is recommended for couples where the woman has an irregular ovulation cycle and/or the man has a low sperm count or low quality sperm. The success rate is around 40-45%, although it depends greatly on the specific situation of the couple.
It’s the most intrusive option and is usually performed as an in-patient basis. The surgery corrects any abnormalities, clears blockages and removes scarring and is suitable for both male and female patients. The procedure is usually recommended in cases of diagnosed diseases or conditions, such as endometriosis. The success rate depends greatly on the patient’s condition, the severity of the condition, and the age of the person undergoing the surgery.
Egg Donor/Sperm Donor/Embryo Donor
Donors are used in very specific cases. For example, an egg or sperm donor may be used when one person doesn’t have a partner but wants to have a child anyway. There are 3 types of donors:
• Donor sperm, where another man’s sperm fertilizes the eggs, usually used in IVF.
• Donor eggs, where another woman’s eggs are fertilized, again usually in IVF.
• Donor embryos, normally donated by a couple undergoing IVF that has been successful and they have no further need of stored embryos.
Cost of Fertility Treatment in the USA
Fertility treatments range in cost, depending on the type of treatment, age, medical condition and the state in which the treatment is offered. You should also check if commercial practices are allowed in your state. The following costs are average across the United States, but they can vary greatly:
Artificial Insemination – Approximately $865 per treatment.
In Vitro Fertilization – Approximately $8,000 per cycle, plus the cost of medications.
Fertility Drugs – Anywhere from $60–$6,000 depending on whether pills or injection and what other tests are included.
Reproductive Surgery –Dependent on the type of surgery. Laparoscopic surgery costs anywhere between $1,700 and $5,000.
Sperm – Between $300 and $400.
Egg – Between $15,000 and $30,000 including IVF and donor compensation.
Embryo – Around $15,000 to $30,000.
Needless to say, the cost for a typical cycle of In Vitro Fertilization in the USA is difficult for many to afford. However these fertility services are available in Mexico at a fraction of US prices. No wonder thousands of couples have chosen Mexico as their preferred place to start their families.
If you are seeking affordable IVF or other fertility treatments, please check the directory listings in Los Algodones Medical Guide to learn more about available fertility centers in Baja California.