How To Get The Most Value From Fertility Treatment Costs
Managing the financial aspect of fertility treatment can be challenging, as certain fertility treatments can be expensive, and sometimes treatments may be required more than once. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you get the maximum value from the fertility costs you incur during your fertility journey.
In this article we discover five ways to achieve this, including obtaining an expert diagnosis of the specific cause of infertility for you as a unique couple; pinpointing the right treatment for the exact cause or combination of causes of your fertility challenges; getting this treatment at an accredited and recognised medical facility; relying on the expertise of fertility specialists with access to the latest technology; and making the lifestyle changes that will give you the best possible chance of successful treatment.
Overcoming infertility can be a physically, emotionally and financially trying journey.
For this reason, it is crucial to ensure that you are investing all your resources – physical, emotional and financial – in the best possible way.
The best possible way to invest your resources is to get an expert diagnosis so you know exactly what is causing your infertility; which will enable you to correctly select the best treatment option for your unique circumstances from the many treatments available. In addition, you want to make sure that you receive this treatment at an advanced medical facility with technology and equipment that can deliver superior results; and under the care of expert, experienced specialists. Furthermore, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make as a couple that will maximise your chances of success when you receive the required treatment to achieve your dream of having a family.
Let’s take a look at each of these recommendations a little closer.
An accurate diagnosis is critical for successful treatment and, as such, an initial fertility consultation and thorough fertility testing are the crucial first steps in any fertility treatment.
Getting any type of fertility treatment without accurately diagnosing the cause of the infertility is going to be costly in every way.
Without knowing the exact cause of your fertility challenge as a couple, you could end up spending thousands of rands, countless hours and a great deal effort, only to be disappointed, because the treatments are not addressing the real cause of your infertility.
Diagnosing the real cause of infertility requires advanced testing and specialised expertise. This is because there is a vast range of possible causes for infertility in both men and women. In addition, in 25% of couples, there is more than one factor contributing to infertility!
This makes it crucial for both partners to have thorough fertility tests, so that the exact cause or combination of contributing causes of your fertility challenge can be determined.
Pinpointing treatment right for you
As long as the possible list of causes of infertility is, the range of potential treatment options is just as extensive, ranging from specialised medications to advanced medical therapies and minimally invasive surgery.
To identify the exact right treatment from all these options requires the expertise of a qualified and experienced fertility specialist with access to advanced facilities and equipment, who will consider the unique cause of your fertility challenges as well as other factors such as your age, health and available funding.
The benefits of choosing the right treatment option based on an accurate diagnosis is vast: not only in terms of the financial costs saved but also in terms of savings in time, effort, discomfort and disappointment during your fertility journey.
Choosing an advanced, accredited and recognised medical facility
Established in 1980, Medfem Fertility Clinic is registered as an Accredited IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) Unit with the Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG). We also belong to the African Network and Registry for Assisted Reproductive Technology and are recognised internationally the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART).
Our advanced purpose-built medical and surgical facility combines consultation offices, exam rooms, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, surgical suites and a specialist dedicated fertility pharmacy in one convenient location.
Equipped with world-class technology, Medfem Fertility Clinic offers the full spectrum of fertility treatments and provides cutting-edge technology and medical advancements that smaller clinics are unable to provide. We also invest significantly in advanced research and development (R&D).
As a result, our primary success rates are well above the national success rates in South Africa and compares to the best internationally.
Working with experienced and respected fertility experts
Our team of accredited reproductive medicine specialists have over 100 years of collective experience and are nationally and internationally recognised as pioneers and innovators in the field of fertility treatment, including Dr Johan van Schouwenburg who was involved in the first successful IVF treatment carried out in South Africa in 1983.
Our reproductive medicine specialists are supported by extensively experienced embryologists; trained, qualified theatre staff, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists; as well as specialist pharmacists and friendly administration staff; ensuring you receive the best care possible.
Lifestyle changes that boost fertility
Lifestyle diseases and poor lifestyle choices also feature strongly among possible causes of infertility among increasing numbers of couples.
Many couples seeking fertility treatment are dealing with lifestyle diseases, notably high insulin levels, thyroid problems, endometriosis, PCOS and autoimmune disease, which negatively affect the quality of the embryos and the uterine environment.
These lifestyle diseases must be treated before any fertility treatment commences, and at Medfem, our fertility patients are guided to manage their diets and their lifestyle choices, to ensure better outcomes from the fertility treatment they receive.
Our expert team at Medfem recommends healthy lifestyle changes which you can start making immediately to boost fertility and your chances of getting pregnant. Start by eliminating smoking and alcohol, both of which are known to adversely affect sperm and egg quality. Managing stress is also critical, as medical studies have shown that the reduction of stress can account for higher pregnancy rates.
A balanced diet, providing all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids required for optimum health, will also help to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index) and to boost your chances of falling pregnant. Take supplements available over-the-counter that are recommended by fertility experts for their role in boosting fertility such as StaminoGro and Comega Vite.
Where to get the best value from fertility treatment costs
An accurate diagnosis made after thorough fertility testing during an initial consultation with a fertility specialist, who has extensive expertise and experience, and is backed up by advanced techniques, state-of-the-art equipment and custom-designed facilities is invaluable, because it will save a great deal of cost, time and effort – and disappointment – during fertility treatment.
During an initial consultation with a fertility specialist at Medfem Fertility Clinic, you can expect exactly this: professional, reliable fertility tests that have been interpreted by a qualified and experienced fertility specialist for an accurate diagnosis that leads to choosing the right treatment – and ultimately ensures you get the best value for the money you invest in your fertility treatments.
Setting up your fertility consultation and tests at Medfem Fertility Clinic is as simple as clicking here or contacting us on +27 (11) 463 2244.
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