There are millions of women in the United States alone who use or have used fertility treatments to hopefully become pregnant. That’s nothing to sniff at in a country where IVF is more expensive than anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, more than 30 states don’t require your insurance provider to cover it. So what are you to do when a fertility clinic is your best shot at conceiving?

What to Expect When You’d Like to Be Expecting

To make services more accessible, many clinics are offering full stimulation IVF at lower rates than expected or seen elsewhere. This may anger the higher-cost clinics, who loudly proclaim that you get what you pay for, but it’s not always the case.

When looking into any fertility clinic for treatments, it’s ideal to research every service each package includes. You may notice with the pricier clinics, you pay a premium on services you might not even need.

To be clear, there are extras that doctors will say improve your chances of conception, when the evidence is sketchy, if it exists at all.

It’s a really tough pill to swallow, but before you agree to pay out the nose for IVF or any other fertility treatment, understand that high-priced clinics know you’re filled with emotional longing for a baby. Since they are running a business, they capitalize on this (as any business in a capitalist society would, honestly) by promising you better results if you just find several thousand more dollars.

Endometrial scratching, for instance, is constantly lauded as a way to boost your chances during IVF. However, the procedure, which takes a matter of minutes and can cost more than $500, has no truly reliable data backing its efficacy.

How to Avoid Being Taken Advantage Of

So, how can you keep your costs low and still get results? Your best bet is to be bold and become informed. By all means, visit that high-priced clinic and take stock of what they’re offering.

Be wary of “personal success stories??? that are used to market additional procedures and treatments. These are not scientific, and are no indication of what your results will be. Instead, ask to see solid research demonstrating success rates with that treatment add-on.

If the doctor insists that the treatment is effective, ask for a clear explanation as to how it works, and especially how it’s relevant to your unique fertility struggles.

Afterward, use online resources to research treatments, and become aware of what’s necessary in IVF. Now you can examine packages at an affordable clinic. Verify that these packages include what’s essential to the treatment, and not expensive treatments you don’t need. For example, some pricey clinics include Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) as a baseline treatment, when male fertility isn’t even the problem for many couples. 

It’s hard not to be captivated by promises and success stories as told to you by a fertility doctor. However, what’s most important is that you find a clinic that’s focused on your individual fertility status, and isn’t bent on selling you treatments that won’t improve your chances. This way, you can save much more money than you imagined, while still enjoying the success rates associated with IVF – plain and simple.