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For many couples who find themselves facing challenges when trying to get pregnant,
the cost of fertility treatments is often an eye-
Artificial insemination has come a long way from the early 1900s, when all that was needed was a cup and a turkey baster. Today it is still a relatively simple procedure involving the placement of sperm directly into the woman's reproductive system. If the sperm is placed high into the vagina, closely replicating natural insemination, it is called an ICI, or Intracervical Insemination. If the woman has a sperm allergy or if the man has a low sperm count or there is a problem with the man's sperm motility, a more involved procedure called IUI, or Intrauterine Insemination, may be used. Although artificial insemination is one of the least invasive of all fertility treatments, it can still be expensive.
People generally assume the cost is simply for the actual procedure, and the price that's quoted for a single cycle usually ranges from $300 to $700, but that generally only involves the procedure itself. There are many steps involved, including the cost to check to make sure the woman's fallopian tubes aren't blocked, the cost for STD testing for the sperm, sperm washing if you are having Intrauterine Insemination, ultrasound monitoring and medications.
The variables that can drive the cost of artificial insemination up all have to do with the need for greater intervention. If you're trying to get pregnant, but find that the male partner's sperm is insufficient in some way and a donor's sperm is required, it drives the costs up considerably. A sperm bank in San Diego quotes prices starting at $80 for donor matching services, followed by the cost for the sperm itself. The sperm price ranges from $300 up to $500 depending upon amount provided and whether it is unwashed or washed for IUI. Intrauterine Insemination, which is used when the woman has sperm allergies or just when a greater certainty of success is sought, requires the use of washing. Injection of unwashed sperm directly into the uterus causes cramping, which greatly diminishes the chances of success.
Artificial insemination costs can be offset by financing options and insurance; fertility clinics in Virginia and throughout the country offer discounts for multicycle packages, and most insurance companies do provide coverage for the procedure. This reduces the cost of office visits for couples trying to get pregnant to as low as $10 to $30 per visit. When budgeting for the costs, figure that four to five cycles will be required, as there is a 5 to 20% chance of success per cycle. Your chances of success are greatly increased with the use of fertility medication.
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