FAQs About the IVF Process
1. Is IVF the Same as Artificial Insemination?
No, IVF and artificial insemination are different. Artificial insemination involves placing sperm inside of the uterus in order to form an embryo with a released egg. IVF treatments, however, involve retrieving the egg and sperm to form an embryo outside of the body, in a laboratory. Once formed, the embryo is then placed inside of the uterus.
2. What Are the IVF Success Rates?
Unfortunately, odds vary greatly on a case by case basis, and should take into account a woman's age, medical conditions and history, among other factors. Your doctor, however, should be able to estimate a success rate for your individual IVF process.
3. Will Insurance Cover IVF Costs?
While there is not a nationwide answer, 15 states have laws in place, insisting that insurance companies cover some of the costs of IVF treatments. These states include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia. However, if you state isn't listed, talk to your insurance company about your individual options.
IVF may seem scary to first time moms, but this process has helped thousands of women facing fertility issues successfully conceive. If you want to know more about the IVF process, talk to your doctor today.