One of the most common types of fertility treatment is artificial insemination. Within this category, there are various techniques, including intrauterine insemination and IVF. For many people, it is the only way they can conceive a baby.
Artificial insemination is attempting to conceive a baby through means other than sexual intercourse. The principle of artificial insemination has been the subject of research from the late 1800s onwards. Since then, the insemination process has become a widely accepted method of conception.
Various methods exist, including:
There are significant costs associated with assisted reproduction. For many women this can be a critical factor in deciding which method to use. Your doctor will provide you with appropriate advice on which method may be most suitable for your circumstances.
Some costs may be partially covered by the public health system. Generally speaking one cycle of IVF will cost you around $4000 – $6000. These are out of pocket expenses. The actual cost is around $10,000, with Medicare covering less than 50 percent.
There is no limit to the number of cycles that you undertake, regarding Medicare rebate. These costs will vary depending on which provider you use so it is important to seek full disclosure of fees and charges when you start the process.
Other methods of assisted reproduction, such as intrauterine insemination and intratubal insemination can be more affordable, but your doctor will advise you as these methods may not be appropriate. It will depend on the nature of your fertility issue.
You should also consider that the testing required prior to getting to the point of IVF can also be significant.