Choosing to undergo treatment for infertility can be a tough decision, and in some cases quite an expensive one. Figuring out which procedures or treatments provide the best results is a must when considering the options available, but factoring in the cost of each treatment is just as important in many cases. Some individuals or couples opt for least expensive options first, and then move to some of the treatments with higher costs if the first treatments are not successful. There is a wide variety of factors that go into determining which treatments may be available to couples experiencing infertility, and different things affect the overall cost of treatment as well, such as the number of sessions required.
For many, intrauterine insemination is one of the first procedures they turn to when trying to become pregnant. This procedure may also be known as artificial insemination. It involves the direct injection of sperm into the uterus so they may swim into the fallopian tubes and fertilize the egg. The cost of treatment may range from about $300 to $800 per session depending on the clinic at which they seek treatment. The chances for success vary from one woman to the next, although taking fertility drugs may help to increase the chances of success. This, of course, will raise the cost of treatment.
Some opt for alternative treatment methods to boost fertility. These may include acupuncture, fertility massage or even herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. It’s important to learn as much as possible about these treatments before choosing them, as their reasons for success may not be fully understood in some cases, although many have been successful in choosing these treatments as a sole treatment, or in combination with other, more traditional procedures.
In vitro fertilization may cost anywhere from about $10,000 to $15,000 per session. Egg and embryo freezing may help to cut down on costs of future sessions, although there is likely a fee for these services, too. It’s not hard to imagine why many couples turn to intrauterine insemination and other less expensive options before spending thousands of dollars on in vitro fertilization and other forms of assisted reproductive technologies, which carry a similar cost. It’s important to look at your insurance plan and even consider speaking with a representative to see if your plan will cover the cost of any fertility treatment. A fertility specialist may even shed further light on this possibility, as some plans may offer coverage.