Failed IVF can be completely devastating, if IVFs were cheap, every woman who cannot get pregnant within a few months will opt for it! As nature would have it however, IVFs cost a fortune and expectedly so!
If you are considering an IVF, you need to be aware of the cost! IVF is one of the treatment modalities under what has come to be known with the flowery term of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). In this procedure, doctors “harvest” and egg from woman and give it a chance of being fertilized by a male sperm (women have no sperms!) outside the womb. That is why it was referred to as “test tube baby” in its early stages.
The procedure is usually employed as a last ditch when virtually every other method of intervention has failed.
As a high tech treatment however, IVF is undoubtedly expensive. You may wonder why .The cost of IVF just like any other service, is determined by a variety of factors. One of the major things that can be responsible for the high cost of IVF is technology. Being a very highly technology -dependent procedure naturally increases the cost. Unfortunately, unless you get this service through a missionary hospital or a charity, the costs have to be recouped!
Another prominent factor is the law of demand and supply. Fertility problems seem to have been on the increase and so are the efforts that go into researching new products and techniques to tackle to the problem. Research costs and other overheads such as scarce specialists for the treatment all combine to raise costs.
Unfortunately, only about 35% of cases will succeed, so failure rate is over 60%. Happily, there are signs that success rates will soon experience a leap with modern techniques.