- What is the basic cost of the IVF/ICSI treatment?
The total cost per cycle of IVF or ICSI will cost about Indian Rupees 1,50,000 – 80,000 (USD 3000 – 3500) per cycle.
This cost includes the injections required for the stimulation, ultrasound and blood tests for monitoring of stimulation, the ART package (the lab and theatre charges from egg collection till embryo transfer) and the medications for post embryo transfer luteal.
- What additional costs would / could be incurred?
The additional costs would preliminary work up, travel and accommodation.
- How is the pre-treatment carried out?
We request the couple to come to the centre one week to ten days prior to the expected date of menses. The couple is registered, followed by a basic work up, scan, semen analysis (CASA) and semen freezing.
They will also be counseled regarding the ART procedure.
- What is the current success rate?
The cumulative pregnancy rate at our centre is about 42%. The break up of that figure would be the following :
|Age of female partner
|< 37 years
|Age of female partner
- How many embryos will you replace at one time?
We do day 3 and if necessary day 5/6 transfers.
The numbers of embryos transferred depends on the age of the patient and the quality of embryos available.
For a young couple with good quality embryos, a maximum of 3 embryos will be transferred.
In the older age group, up to 4 embryos may be transferred.
- How will I be monitored during IVF stimulation?
All ART (IVF/ICSI) stimulations are monitored by ultrasound scan (follicular monitoring) and blood levels of estradiol (E2) and LH when necessary. The couple will meet the doctor after each scan and blood test to know their situation and how they are responding to stimulation. They will also be explained and discussed with about all findings.
As we generally use the antagonist protocol, the number of days of injections is reduced and the probability of exaggerated response from the ovary (hyperstimulation) that may lead to OHSS is also reduced.
As our freezing program is good, in case there is any chance of hyperstimulation, we discuss with the couple and give the option of cancelling the fresh embryo transfer and freeze all the embryos, for future frozen embryo transfers.
- Where can I get the tests and buy the medication?
All the injections and medications necessary for the ART procedure are available at our centre.
- What happens to the costs if the cycle has to be abandoned?
At our centre, we prefer not to take the entire cost of the cycle in advance. The patient pays as and when necessary.
In case the patient prefers to pay in advance, that also can be done. In this case, apart from the charges actually incurred to the patient, the rest will be returned.
- Will someone help us with the logistics of flights and accommodation?
The IVF coordinator at centre and our travel agent will take care of the logistics and accommodation.
- Is the clinic registered with any regulatory body?
The centre is accredited by Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR).
- What is embryo freezing?
Freezing is the process by which embryos are kept in suspended animation at a temperature of -196*C.
For this, the embryo is put through a process, through varying concentration of solution called cryoprotectant, before they are cooled to -196*C.
- What is vitrification?
Vitrification is the rapid method of freezing. It is the newer method in which ice crystal formation is prevented in the embryos during the process of cooling.
This means more embryos will survive the thawing process. By using this method, we are able to achieve better pregnancy rates.
- What is thawing?
Thawing is the process by which the frozen embryos are passed through a range of solutions and brought to body temperature (37*C) safely.
- Are the frozen thawed embryos as good as the fresh embryos?
Yes, by using vitrification, the frozen thawed embryos are as good as the fresh embryos.