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a) When to Choose IVF

by Ivy Eff

If you’re on this site, you probably already know the official definition of infertility: it’s when a woman under 35 has been unable to get pregnant after having unprotected intercourse for a year — or for six months, if she is over 35.

Many people who begin fertility treatment will first try a number of less invasive, less expensive drugs and/or procedures such as clomid, IUI, medicated IUI, etc. Often if you have health insurance that covers fertility, the insurance company will encourage or even require you to attempt a certain number of these other fertility treatments before approving IVF (if their coverage extends to IVF at all).

However, attempting a number of other treatments before moving on to IVF may do nothing but lengthen the overall time you spend waiting to have a baby. And for people anxious to become parents, the longer this period takes, the more difficult it can be to endure.

So unless your insurance or financial situation requires trying other options first, you may choose to go straight to IVF. Many women — especially those over 35 — do move on to IVF immediately, knowing there is no time to waste.

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