We all know IVF costs thousands of dollars, but before you go there make sure you’ve looked at all your options.
Many assume that women who need fertility treatments will automatically need IVF. Fortunately, that is not the case.
There are other alternatives before you need to bring out the big bucks:
- Ovulation induction
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Reproductive Surgery
This basically means timed intercourse. Women have ovulation periods when they are most fertile. However, without ovulation, pregnancy isn’t possible. Luckily there are meds that release the hormones necessary to get your body into that state. The most common one is called Clomid. Clomid typically costs less than 25 dollars, and is one of the safest and most researched methods that deal with infertility.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This is also known as artificial insemination. If you’re having trouble conceiving due to male factor infertility or unknown causes, this would be a good option for you. IUI is when sperm is inserted directly into the uterus via a catheter. Typically the couple is taking fertility meds at this point, which could cause more than one egg to mature. So it is recommended that you get an ultrasonography, a procedure where medical providers can view the ovaries, to reduce the risk of multiple births. This procedure can vary from 1-2,000 dollars, depending on the fertility center and insurance.
This kind of surgery is used to correct anatomical abnormalities for both men and women. It is usually done with conditions like endometriosis or for men with a vasectomy. For women with endometriosis, the success rate for this option is fairly low. The cost can range between 1,700 to 5,000. It all depends on the complexity of the issue you are addressing.
Be sure to look at the “cheaper” options before resorting to IVF. Having a baby can be hard, so let’s try to be as easy on your wallet as possible.