The term “test tube baby” refers to babies conceived outside of a woman’s womb. This is accomplished using a scientific procedure known as in vitro fertilisation, or IVF. During IVF, the woman’s eggs are extracted from her ovaries and fertilised in a laboratory with her sperm. Within 2-7 days of the fertilised egg developing, it is transferred back into the womb, where the baby develops naturally. Today, test tube babies are a boon for couples who are suffering from infertility issues. Here we’ll discuss the test tube baby process and the test tube baby cost in India.
What is the Test Tube Baby Process?
The entire IVF cycle procedure can take four to six weeks. The test tube baby procedure includes the following steps:
Step 1: Ovulation:
Patients self-administer hormones during the stimulation phase of an IVF cycle. The length of the stimulation phase is determined by the patient’s response to the medication regimen. This response is tracked using blood tests and ultrasounds of the ovaries.
Step 2: Egg Retrieval:
You will be sedated, and the eggs will be collected using a hollow needle attached to an ultrasound probe. Following egg retrieval, you will be given medication to prepare the womb lining for embryo transfer. If you want to postpone the process of becoming pregnant, you can sometimes store your eggs.
Step 3- Sperm Retrieval:
Your partner will be asked to provide a sample of sperm. The specimen is thoroughly washed, and the sperms with the greatest motility are chosen. These sperms can be used immediately to fertilise the egg or freeze them and used later.
Step 4: Fertilising the Eggs
Fertilization of recovered eggs is accomplished through either conventional insemination (the placement of eggs and sperm in a culture-containing dish) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The eggs are checked on a regular basis to ensure fertilisation.
Step 5- Embryo Transfer Into the Uterus:
Embryologists assess the embryos’ growth and viability to determine whether they should be transferred on day 3 or day 5. Embryo transfers can be performed three days after retrieval if the embryo contains four to eight cells, or embryos are frequently transferred five days after retrieval and fertilisation (Day 5 transfer or blastocyst transfer). A small catheter is inserted into your uterus, through which the embryo is placed. If the procedure is successful, the implantation will take between six and ten days.
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A pregnancy blood test is performed two weeks after the retrieval. If this test is positive, the patient is four weeks pregnant.
Test Tube Baby Cost in India
Although test tube baby treatment is generally considered expensive, the average cost in India is significantly lower than in other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Interestingly, despite the lower cost, India still has a high success rate, thanks to cutting-edge technology and highly skilled doctors. As a result, India is a popular destination for fertility treatments.
However, the expected cost of a test tube baby will be determined by factors such as the amount of medication used, the technology used, the experience of the fertility specialist, and the location.
It is important to note that test tube baby is not a one-step treatment. Each cycle includes a variety of treatments and procedures that may vary depending on the circumstances.
The couple will typically get pregnant following the first cycle of a test tube baby. The cost of the test tube baby may range from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 2,50,000, depending on the patient’s health and other parameters. Some couples might not have a positive first cycle. They might need to go through two or three cycles in this situation. The expense of treatment in this situation will be much higher. For additional information and packages, book an appointment with our doctors at the Apollo Fertility Clinic.
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