Raising kids is expensive. In fact, it’s recently been calculated that a middle-class family spends $235,000 raising a child until the age of 18 (not including college!), and if adjusted to the rate of inflation, that number climbs to $295,000 (SOURCE: Investment News).
But for countless couples with fertility issues, there’s an outrageous number that comes into play before the child is even conceived: the price of IVF.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the average IVF cycle costs just over $12,000 (Source: National Infertility Association). But that figure hardly tells the whole story, because while IVF is seemingly its own self-contained fertility option, it is dependent upon many other factors and procedures. Additionally, that number represents the cost of a single IVF cycle. Since many women do not become pregnant from their first IVF attempt – myself included – we need to undergo numerous cycles, so this number, and all the numbers associated with it, quickly doubles, or triples, or quadruples, or …
So just how much does IVF really cost? Find out after the jump.
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