What is In Vitro Fertilization?
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a complex process that was developed in 1978. Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby”, was born in England. Now, the procedure is a common treatment for infertility, and has helped numerous patients create the families they so desire. In Vitro Fertilization technically means “fertilization outside of the body.” While considered an experimental procedure for years, IVF has been a proven way for many couples to build their family. Many insurances are now recognizing the need for insurance coverage for infertility, and some offer partial coverage for the procedures leading up to IVF, medications, and the actual egg retrieval process.
Infertility is a medical condition, and, as more and more insurance companies recognize the need for coverage, more couples will have access to these procedures.
IVF requires full attention and cooperation on your part. Your team of physicians and nurses are available to help you through all aspects of the program.
The following information is designed to answer most of your questions about the IVF process. You are encouraged to ask questions so that you fully understand each step of the process and are comfortable with all aspects of your treatment. Some of those questions might include: IVF costs, the total number of treatment cycles performed by the IVF team, the pregnancy rate per cycle, and the live birth rate (“take-home” baby rate) per cycle. These answers will help you make a decision regarding your individual treatment.