Technology has allowed couple struggling with infertility to become parents and have their own biological children.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the most successful technologies and processes that have aided fertilization among struggling partners.
In vitro fertilization is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro (in glass).
The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory.
After the fertilized egg (zygote) undergoes embryo culture for 2–6 days, it is implanted in the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
Two weeks after the embryo transfer, a blood test can determine whether the transfer resulted in a pregnancy.
Research has shown that success rate of live birth through IVF is 40 to 43 percent for women under age 37, while it is 13 to 18 percent for women above 40 years.
One round of IVF may not be enough to get desired result as there may be need for second or third cycles in other to achieve pregnancy.
Nevertheless, results can be achieved at first circle. So, IVF success rate is dependent in expertise and luck.
Cost Of IVF In Nigeria
Undergoing IVF cycle in Nigeria is not cheap as one cycle of IVF in Nigeria including initial assessments, consultation with fertility specialist and transvaginal Scanning cost average of average of N1,000,000.
In the event of multiple cycle of IVF being undertaken, the cost is reduced as two cycles of IVF go on average of N1,300,000 while three cycles of IVF costs average of N1,800,000.
Things To Consider Before Choosing IVF Clinics
IVF cycle and process are not a cheap medical process and as such those willing to undergo the process should put into cognizance some factors such as:
Success Rate Of Clinic
It is very important to consider the expertise of medical practitioner involved in the process.
A clinic and fertility expert with many years of experience is bound to have a very high success rate.
Cost Of IVF
It is also important to consider the cost of IVF in a clinic with those of other clinics. You should price-shop when looking at IVF treatment.
Take into consideration both the quality and the cost. However, before you jump to a clinic for a lower price, make sure you’re getting a full quote.
A clinic might give a quote for all processes involved in the IVF while another clinic might be presenting quote for only the IVF Cycle.
When you get a quote, ask the clinic if the price includes any details such as pre-IVF fertility testing or consultations.
While price comparisons are important when choosing a fertility clinic, you should also consider their success rates.