In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In IVF, a woman is treated with hormones to cause her eggs to mature. The eggs are then retrieved during a minimally-invasive surgical procedure (ultrasound-guided needle aspiration or
IVF can be used to treat a variety of types of
While it can be successful, IVF is expensive. The average total cost for IVF is approximately $12,400, but this figure will vary greatly depending on what medications are needed and how many cycles are completed. Some states have laws that require insurance companies to cover infertility services such as IVF. To find out whether your state has these laws, you can call your state’s Insurance Commissioner’s office.
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