How much is IVF in Zambia? See cost of IVF in Zambia.
Invitro fertilization, IVF, surrogacy, sperm donation, IUI, egg donation and other fertility treatment is on the rise in Zambia.
For today, I will talk about IVF and its cost in Zambia.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assistive reproductive technology (ART). It involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm. This fertilized egg is known as an embryo. The embryo can then be frozen for storage or transferred to a woman’s uterus.
1 – What is IVF?
IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. Eggs and sperm, either from donors or the couple themselves, are taken and the fertilization process (which causes a #pregnancy) happens outside of the body.
IVF is often used by couples that have been trying to get pregnant but have remained unsuccessful for a long time.
There are various problems that can stand in the way of having a child, such as #infertility in either or both partner(s), certain illnesses and diseases…or premature menopause. But there are many other factors that influence your ability to have a child.
IVF usually isn’t the first step when there are #fertility issues; if you suspect you or your partner could have a problem, please see a doctor to see what your options are.
2 – How does IVF work?
If the woman’s eggs are used, she will have to undergo hormone treatments for a while to produce more eggs than just one per cycle.
These are then harvested at the time of ovulation. In a laboratory, they will then be immediately mixed with sperm from the father or a male donor.
Then, you wait to see if an embryo (or several) form(s). If it does, it will be transferred back into the woman’s uterus.
To increase the chances of pregnancy, usually more than one is being transferred.
That, however, can result in more than one baby.
About two weeks later, a pregnancy test will show if the woman is pregnant or not.
3 – How successful is IVF?
The success rate depends on a few things. Most importantly, the age of the mother-to-be. The younger she is, the better the chances are.
In case of donor eggs, the younger the donor, the better the probability of pregnancy.
Being healthy and avoiding smoking or drinking excessively also means your chances are better.
Another important factor is that ‘fresh’ eggs work better than frozen eggs.
4 – How much does IVF cost in Zambia?
In Zambia, the cost of IVF is about ZK70,000 – ZK100,000. The price of IVF in Zambia is expensive and it varies from fertility centre to fertility centre.
If you are planning to go for IVF, it’s important to know that you may need more than one cycle, and so you need to plan the budget accordingly.