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.
Salt Lake City, UT- New research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress quantified the heavy financial burden that endometriosis puts on patients.
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Baltimore, MD- Canadian researchers have found that the decision of the Quebec government to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization, beginning in August of 2010 accomplished its goal of decreasing the multiple birth rate, however the rate of hospital admission of women pregnant through IVF did not decrease. They found as well that low birth rates among IVF patients over 40 using their own eggs resulted in a very high cost per live birth.
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.
Salt Lake City, UT- Many patients who need infertility care do not get it. Research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress examined several approaches to improving access to care for infertility patients.
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In the document, ASRM’s Ethics Committee discusses factors contributing to disparities in access to fertility treatment, its utilization, and outcomes in the United States. The disease of infertility affects both men and women and the question of who receives appropriate and effective treatment is subject to economic, racial, ethnic, geographic, and other factors that create inequalities in the population’s access to care. The Committee offers some strategies for increasing access, and calls upon all assisted reproductive technology stakeholders to address and lessen the barriers to infertility care.
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.
Baltimore, MD – Research presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine examined the cost savings to the US health care system that resulted from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) guidelines on number of embryos to transfer during IVF procedures.