All About Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs)

Are You a Candidate for ART?

Deciding to go through an ART procedure is a big step -- physically, emotionally, and financially. What's more, there's always a risk that a cycle can be canceled or fail if:

  • A woman doesn't respond well to ovulation-inducing drugs
  • Her blood tests show that her estrogen levels are low, and her ultrasound exams indicate that she has few or small ovarian follicles
  • At the time of retrieval, there are empty follicles (with no eggs)
  • A woman's eggs fail to be fertilized by a man's sperm
  • Embryos have failed to implant in a woman's uterus, resulting in a negative pregnancy test

If a couple is unsuccessful in their first attempt, they can decide whether to try again. Statistically, most pregnancies from ART occur in the first four attempts, but for some couples, this is too emotionally and physically draining and/or prohibitively expensive. It can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 for an IVF cycle, and often part or all of these costs are not covered by insurance.

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