We tend to view in-vitro fertilization (IVF, or “test-tube babies,” if you will) as just another fertility option. But the procedure has only been viable for the past three decades, after its development by British scientist Robert G. Edwards and his partner, the late Patrick Steptoe. Edwards has received the Nobel Prize in medicine and about $1.5 million for his contribution.
30 Years Of Fertility
The first successful birth through IVF was Louise Brown in 1978. Since then, around four million children have been successfully conceived and birthed all over the world. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The probability of an infertile couple taking home a baby after a cycle of IVF today is one in five, about the same that healthy couples have of conceiving naturally.”
Increased Options Come With An Increased Price Tag
While IVF is certainly a miraculous contribution, it isn’t exactly an easy choice. One round of the treatment costs between $12,000 and $15,000, and that’s without factoring in costs such as egg donors or genetic testing (should they be needed). Most American health insurance plans don’t cover the procedure, and consequently America is the most expensive place in the world to undergo IVF.
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