Thinking about IVF? Here is what you can expect

Posted by in Articles on infertility on 07 July, 2014

Thinking about IVF? Here is what you can expect
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No one wants to go through IVF but if it is required, it is best to know what to expect

By Robyn Wolfson Vorster

They are words that no infertile couple wants to hear: “your best option for having a baby is IVF”. In vitro fertilisation (IVF), words to strike fear into the bravest hearts. But, what does it mean and how can you navigate the process?

IVF is a medical technique used for couples experiencing a variety of infertility problems—in particular, male factor problems, endometriosis, advanced maternal age or blocked or damaged fallopian tubes.

Here is an explanation of the process.

Before you begin

Before you start, the doctor will complete a thorough diagnostic and treat you and your partner for any conditions that might compromise your fertility (including medical conditions like auto-immune problems or elevated sugar levels, lifestyle issues like a high BMI, smoking or excessive alcohol intake, and emotional conditions like stress). If the doctor diagnoses IVF as a solution for your fertility problems, you and your partner will need to assess the cost and emotional challenges of the process and decide if it is right for you to go ahead.

The IVF process

If you choose to begin IVF, the doctor will determine which programme is best for you (either short course or long course IVF—these differ in duration but contain many of the same elements). The clinic staff will then create a detailed, patient-specific programme for you which usually includes the following stages: … [read more]


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  1. 18 October, 2016

    yes I am interested,can you please advise me on next steps and estimated price to give me a guide line to fit into my budget

    • 20 October, 2016

      Hello Vinodha, I am so happy to hear that you want to pursue a family. The pricing of IVF depends on if you use a private clinic or a government hospital but the medication is very expensive so even if the clinic is subsidised, it is still likely to be expensive so worth budgeting for it ahead of time. My suggestion is that you research good options in terms of clinics in your area or ask your gynaecologist to refer you. They will then be able to brief you re pricing, procedure and (critically) if this is the right intervention for you. All the best.

      • 30 October, 2016

        thank you,will follow up with the nearest clinic,please can you advise me if you are aware if medical aid covers the process.

        • 14 November, 2016

          I know that people have been petitioning the medical aids to change their rules re fertility treatment but as far as I am aware, they will only cover the medical tests (blood tests etc) and the cost of the clinic (which you need for the egg harvest and embryo transfer). It doesn’t amount to very much unfortunately. However, there are financing options–chat to your clinic for more information.

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