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Q06: Is In Vitro Fertilization Expensive?

A: The average cost of an IVF cycle in the United States is $12,400. Like other extremely delicate medical procedures, IVF involves highly trained professionals with sophisticated laboratories and equipment, and the cycle may need to be repeated to be successful. While IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies are not inexpensive, they account for only three hundredths of one percent (0.03%) of U.S. health care costs.

High Cost of Fertility Treatment Sends Many into Debt

Many women who want a baby aren't letting the high cost of fertility treatments dissuade them—and are carrying loads of debt as a result.
A new survey found that 44 percent of women who sought fertility treatment racked up more than $10,000 in debt, with about a third of them using credit cards to finance at least part of that expenditure.

MD094: 2013 Postgraduate Course: Training People in Low-cost Infertility and ART Treatment

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 2013 ASRM 46th Annual Postgraduate Program Course 23 
Credit Available: 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- Cost: Free for ASRM members/$109 non-members   
- Release And Expiration Dates: April 1, 2014 – March 30, 2017 
- Estimated Time To Complete Activity:  4.5 hours 

Birth Defects

Birth defects, which occur in nearly one in 20 pregnancies, range in severity from minor anatomic abnormalities to extensive genetic disorders or mental retardation. Some couples have a greater than average risk of having a child with a birth defect.


Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass, which leads to weakening of the bones. Osteopenia is a disease where the bone density is lower than average and can be a precursor to osteoporosis.

2007 SART Data Posted; Triplet and Higher Order Multiples from ART Are Below Two Percent

The latest IVF Success Rate Reports from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) are now online. The 2007 data show several important ongoing trends: the percentage of live births with triplets or more is now below 2%; the average number of embryos transferred has declined; and the percentages of cycles utilizing single embryo transfer is up.

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Q07: Does In Vitro Fertilization Work?

A: Yes. IVF was introduced in the United States in 1981. Since 1985, when we began counting, through the end of 2006, almost 500,000 babies have been born in the United States as a result of reported Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures (IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, and combination procedures). IVF currently accounts for more than 99% of ART procedures with GIFT, ZIFT and combination procedures making up the remainder. The average live delivery rate for IVF in 2005 was 31.6 percent per retrieval--a little better than the 20 per cent chance in any given month that a reproductively healthy couple has of achieving a pregnancy and carrying it to term. In 2002, approximately one in every hundred babies born in the US was conceived using ART and that trend continues today.


Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass which leads to weakening of the bones. Osteopenia is a disease where the bone density is lower than average and can be a precursor to osteoporosis.

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The Menopausal Transition (Perimenopause)

What is the menopausal transition?
This term describes the time period that links the reproductive years (regular menstrual cycles, fully functioning ovaries, highest chance for pregnancy) to menopause (no menstrual cycles for 1 year, lower ovarian hormone production, average age approximately 51 years). During the menopause transition, the length of menstrual cycles often changes and women may skip their menstrual periods more often. The duration of the menopausal transition varies from woman to woman but averages about five years.


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