Lower Cost Infertility Treatment: Does it Work and Is it For You?

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IVF can be expensive–very expensive and is often not covered by health insurance. Are their ways to lower the cost of in vitro fertilization? Who should try lower cost IVF? How successful is IVF that cost less? Our guests are reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Joe Massey, with IVF Georgia and a pioneer in improving success with IVF and ICSI and improving access through lowering the cost; and Dr. Grace Couchman, also a reproductive endocrinologist and cofounder of Carolina Conceptions, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Couchman has twice been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America”.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What is the average cost of IVF in the US?
  • Why does the cost of in vitro fertilization vary so much by regions in the US?
  • How much does infertility treatment cost in other countries?
  • One way to save money on infertility treatment is to avoid IVF and use less invasive forms of fertility treatment. What are some of these methods and how effective are they?
  • Should you try a medicated IUI (artificial insemination) cycle before you try in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
  • What are the risks and costs of an intra-uterine insemination with injectable gonadotropins?
  • Should you have immunological testing before trying IVF if you suspect that your infertility might be caused by your immune system?
  • How can you lower the cost of IVF?
  • Who should consider using the lower cost IVF approach?
  • Are there ways to save money on the infertility medications/drugs used in an IVF cycle?
  • Can you use less of the fertility drugs to save money on IVF?
  • How many IVF cycles does it take the typical patient to get pregnant?
  • Should ICSI be a part of most IVF cycles even if male factor infertility is not suspected?
  • What is assisted hatching and when should it be used with IVF?

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