The infertility treatment plans are based on the origin or the many causes of infertility. It also depends on just how far you want to take the treatment. This is a very emotional time and can be financially stressful as well. You should consider all the alternatives and discuss an endpoint. Insurance will cover some of the cost but not all and then there are possible surgery and IVF treatments to consider. So, try and set the emotions aside and at least come up with a preliminary plan. You can always make adjustments to the plan along the way.
How long does the treatment take?
It depends on the treatment method and individual under treatment. Treatment using fertility drugs can sometimes take several months before the results are seen. If surgical correction is done, in some cases conception happens soon after, while for others it can take several months. In assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), fertilization of egg happens in a laboratory setting and the embryo formed is transplanted into the mother’s uterus, where it develops as a baby. The whole procedure for one IVF cycle can take 4 to 6 weeks and it would take another two weeks for pregnancy symptoms to be seen (if IVF was successful).
What are the success rates of infertility treatments?
The success rate depends on a number of factors such as underlying cause or causes of infertility, age of individual under treatment, treatment method, the expertise of the treatment facility etc. On average, infertility treatments can have a 25% success rate per cycle of treatment (one cycle of treatment can last for several days or several weeks depending on the treatment method). Hence, a treatment cycle might need to be repeated several times before achieving a successful pregnancy.
How to choose the right fertility clinic?
Research on factors such as success rate of the clinic some clinics define the success of treatment as achieving a successful pregnancy, while others define it as live birth, that is, having a take-home baby, the success rate of the clinic in a particular treatment method, the success rate in treating a particular problem or a particular age group, expertise of treatment facility, a license of the clinic, when was the clinic established etc.
The infertility treatment varies from patient to patient. Many natural forms of therapy are available, couples may require medical treatment and possibly even surgery. As always a patient needs to consult a doctor for his or her proper diagnosis and treatment.