If you want to have a baby but haven’t had luck conceiving naturally, then in-vitro fertilization could be a good alternative to help you realize your dreams of becoming a parent. Let’s break down the basics.
“In vitro” means “in glass” in Latin, and fertilization is the act that occurs when sperm and egg cells meet. In-vitro fertilization, then, is a direct translation of that: fertilization that happens outside the body (usually in glass petri dishes). This creates embryos, which are then implanted into the woman’s body. If all goes well, these embryos will develop into a baby. Or sometimes, multiple babies.
In-vitro fertilization is a lengthy process, one that begins well ahead of the implantation date.
There are five main phases:
The good news: In-vitro fertilization has a decent success rate. The bad news: It can be quite costly. Typically, in-vitro fertilization can range anywhere between $13,000 and $85,000. This figure takes into account the woman’s age and whether or not she’s using her own eggs, as well as any accompanying medications. Another important thing to consider: There’s no guarantee that the eggs will fertilize on the first try (or even at all). There’s about a 40 percent success rate for in-vitro fertilization among women under the age of 35. The number drops to an 11.5 percent success rate once a woman turns 40. In all, this is an expensive procedure that comes with a great deal of uncertainty. The payoff, however, can be priceless.
Ultimately, whether or not you should opt for in-vitro fertilization is a personal choice that depends on many factors. However, it remains a popular option for the following groups:
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