There are various treatments for fertility problems. The fertility doctor will advise you on the options for your situation. The most common fertility treatments at a glance:
If you have problems with ovulation (for example, a very irregular cycle or a cycle longer than six weeks), then there is induction with medication can be a solution. With this treatment the growth of the egg is stimulated.
Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
At IUI, sperm cells from your partner (or from a donor) are introduced directly into the womb after being processed in the laboratory.
In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
It is also known as test tube fertilization. With IVF , the ovaries are stimulated with the help of hormones. Several ova mature at the same time, which are brought together in the laboratory with thousands of sperm cells. If the egg is fertilized, it is then placed back in the womb. If more than one egg is fertilized, these can be frozen to be replaced at a later date. You can now check this website for this option.
Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
This treatment is similar to IVF, but works differently. ICSI is an option if the quality of the sperm is not good enough for IVF. One suitable sperm cell is selected in a laboratory and injected directly into the egg cell. The sperm cells can possibly be removed from the side balls or the testicles via surgery.
Chance of success
It is probably the most frequently asked question: what is the chance that we can have a child after treatment? Most doctors will not be able to answer this immediately. Only after the exploratory fertility test can the doctor make an estimate of the chance that you may become pregnant naturally or with the help of a treatment. However, there will never be a guarantee about whether or not a follow-up treatment will succeed.
What are the costs and is it reimbursed?
The costs for a fertility examination and treatment can increase considerably. The longer the process takes for you and the more medical assistance is required, the higher the costs will be. The basic insurance reimburses part of the costs that you incur at a fertility doctor, provided that you have been referred by your doctor. There are additional insurances that provide more coverage, but what exactly is and is not reimbursed in your health insurance policy therefore differs per insurer and per package. Therefore, check with your health care provider what is and is not reimbursed in your situation.
The basic insurance covers:
- Exploratory fertility study
- Ovulation Induction
- Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) and artificial insemination
- IVF and ICSI: the first three attempts are covered by the basic insurance
There are a number of conditions for this reimbursement. For example, most treatments are only reimbursed if you are younger than 43. It also depends on whether the clinic or hospital has a contract with your insurer. If not, the coverage may be lower.
The above costs fall under the basic insurance and therefore under your deductible. This means that you pay it yourself until the determined amount of your deductible is reached. Your insurer will reimburse the costs above that amount.