Guide To Choose The Best IVF Center
What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro (“in glass”). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilised egg (zygote) undergoes embryo culture for 2–6 days and is then transferred to the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology used for infertility treatment and gestational surrogacy, in which a fertilised egg is implanted into a surrogate’s uterus, and the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate. Some countries banned or otherwise regulate the availability of IVF treatment, giving rise to fertility tourism. Restrictions on availability of IVF include costs and age to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. IVF is mostly attempted if less invasive or expensive options have failed or are unlikely to work.
IVF IN INDIA
The penetration of the IVF market in India is quite low at present with only 2,800 cycles/million infertile women in the reproductive age group (20–44 years) as compared to China which has 6,500 cycles. The key challenges are lack of awareness, affordability, and accessibility.
Until a few decades ago, the term IVF (in vitro fertilization) seemed like some ‘mysterious procedure’ and the only thing that most people knew was that it was an infertility treatment that produced ‘test-tube babies’. People were unsure about the procedure and even wondered how much a ‘test tube baby costs’!
Today, infertility affects 1 in every 6 couples and so IVF treatments have come a long way to help meet the need of the day. There are pros and cons with each type, with no type being better generally better than another.
Types of IVF Clinic Centres
There is a range when it comes to types of IVF fertility clinic centres and no two IVF clinics are alike. There are pros and cons with each type, with no type being better generally better than another.
- Sole practitioners
- Small practices with 2 – 8 member physicians
- Large, full-service practices
- Fertility networks
- University-based clinics
- Hospital-based clinics
IVF Centres Success Rates
While a majority of IVF clinic centres publish their success rates on their websites, some do not. When investigating a clinic, you should ask a for a report of a clinic’s success rates, and it is always wise to compare their reported statistics to the CDC report. Some clinics may choose to show only a subset of their statistics. When selecting a clinic, be sure to look for one that has a success rate that’s at least above the national average.
IVF costs in India are generally in the range of 60,000 – 80,000 rupees, inclusive of the prescribed medications and drugs. However, most couples spend between 3-5 lakhs on their IVF treatments. This is because you may need several other treatments, depending on your medical history and your fertility levels. Also, the cost of IVF in India can also vary greatly depending on your location – this is because the IVF Treatment cost in Delhi is quite different from the IVF Treatment cost in Chennai. Similarly, the cost of IVF Treatment in Mumbai could be very different from the rates in Bangalore or Hyderabad. Because of the vast differences in costs, some couples prefer to travel to other cities with more affordable IVF treatment plans.
Find out if your health insurance policy covers fertility procedures such as IVF. Even if it a procedure like IVF isn’t covered, your insurance may cover fertility diagnostic procedures. In either case, if you want to take advantage of your coverage, you must choose a doctor that is in your insurance plan.
After doing your research, in the end, it is very important to listen to your gut. Remember that fertility treatments can be an emotional and stressful experience, and you will want to feel comfortable and supported with the medical provider you choose.