Dr. Kristiansen feels that following a complete evaluation and frank discussion of the probability of achieving a successful pregnancy and the associated costs, it is the patient’s decision. Her overall success rate compares very well nationally, particularly with the over age 35 population. It is important to note that the average patient without infertility problems has only a 20 percent chance of pregnancy per cycle under ideal circumstances.
Participation in SART, where numbers are reported annually but not posted until almost three years later through the CDC website, is one way to measure a facility's success rate. However, keep in mind again that the patient population medical history may be more selective from center to center. Many physicians and IVF lab facilities report together while others report separately.
The first in-vitro fertilization cycle at Houston Fertility Center began in January 2002 and 175 cycles were completed for the calendar year with an overall success rate that compared very well nationally.
Important Factors to Consider
When choosing a physician or IVF lab facility it is important to look at all aspects of your treatment. Compare the total costs and beware of hidden fees. Be willing to spend your own money wisely to get the best medical care possible. Receiving the best medical care possible is important. Ask your OB/GYN or family doctor for a referral. Ask friends, family, and co-workers who they recommend. Look for board certification of doctors and laboratory personnel (Embryologist/Andrologist). Verify the persons listed are actually there on site performing your procedures, not overseeing from another facility. Avoid gimmicks, ask questions, read, be a good consumer.
Cost of IVF
To make IVF treatment more accessible to our patients, we offer a special pricing for standard IVF. We also offer INVOcell™, a variation on the standard IVF procedure, for $5,000.. Several factors can influence the number of IVF or INVOcell rounds hopeful parents require, including age, specific fertility issues, and the use of donor sperm or eggs. In addition to our already low standard pricing, the Houston Fertility Center offers discounted price packages for patients without IVF insurance coverage, and we can bundle services at discounted rates. During a private consultation, Dr. Kristiansen can explain IVF cost and what you can expect to pay for fertility treatment.
INVOcell: A Cost-Effective Alternative
This new technology involves retrieving a woman’s egg, combining it with sperm in an INVOcell device, and placing the device within her vagina instead of performing incubation in a lab. After embryonic development is underway, the device is removed, the embryos are carefully surveyed for viability, and the healthiest are implanted in the woman’s uterus. The cost savings are due to the eliminated need for lab incubation. This option is usually only available to a patient who plans to use her own eggs and transfer them to herself.
We believe in taking great care to provide a careful analysis that determines the surest way to help you realize your dreams of parenthood. This approach has made many hopeful parents' investment in family building something that rewards them for the rest of their lives.
IVF Cost Factors
Beyond the per-cycle costs of IVF, one of the most significant cost factors is the use of sperm or egg donation (INVOCell is not offered to most patients using donor eggs). If you choose to use sperm or eggs acquired from an anonymous donor through an agency, this will increase the overall cost of your treatment. If hopeful parents choose to use an agency to find a surrogate as part of their fertility treatment, this will also add to the overall cost.
The number of IVF and INVOCell treatments you require will also affect the cost of treatment. Generally speaking, once a woman has aged past her mid-thirties, it will become increasingly difficult to conceive and carry a child to term, potentially requiring more IVF or INVOCell rounds than a younger woman. Men also face age-related fertility difficulties, with sperm quality beginning to decline around age 40. This can require additional diagnostics and testing, which will affect the overall cost of growing your family.