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Cost of Test Tube Baby and Procedure

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A baby who is conceived by In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is called a Test-Tube baby. Being used as the best alternative to achieving pregnancy in case of infertility, IVF is the most popular infertility treatment. Get in-detail information on the procedure and IVF cost in Delhi and Mumbai and other cities in India with this article.

IVF is one of the best alternatives to achieve pregnancy when other treatments do not work. In In-Vitro Fertilization, an egg is taken from a female’s ovary and fused with sperm in a laboratory. Once an embryo is formed and reaches blastocyst stage, it is then implanted into uterus to continue pregnancy. This article brings information on IVF procedure and its cost in some of the major cities in India.

What Test Tube Baby is All About?

Test tube baby is a medical process where a baby is conceived outside the female body with the help of a scientific process known as IVF or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It is one of the most common and effective type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to help women become pregnant. The entire process is conducted in a laboratory where eggs are taken from the mother’s ovary and fertilized by sperms taken from the father. In this process, the fertilized egg is usually cultured for a period of two to six days wherein they are allowed to be divided two to four times inside the test tube before ultimately transferring them to the same or a surrogate for a successful pregnancy.

Test tube baby treatment is extremely popular in India because it is the only hope for those who are not able to conceive due to some medical condition. Louise Joy Brown is the world’s first test tube baby born out of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Kanupriya Agarwal is regarded as India’s first test tube baby.

IVF is ideal for those cases where there is no qualitative or quantitative defect in sperms and when a woman suffers from one or more of the following medical conditions:

  • Blocked Fallopian tube
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis (mild)
  • PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome)

Step-By-Step Test Tube Baby Procedure

IVF process depends on the technique used by one clinic from the other. Normally, the following steps are involved:

1. Natural menstrual cycle

In the first step, drugs are given to the woman usually in the form of an injection for about 10-15 days for the suppuration of the natural menstrual cycle.

2. Super Ovulation

In the next step, fertility drugs containing the fertility hormone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is given to the woman, which is responsible for producing more eggs in the ovary than before. The doctor monitors the ovaries through vaginal ultrasound scans.

3. Egg Retrieving

In the next stage, eggs are collected through a minor surgical procedure, which is known as Follicular aspiration. In this process, a very thin needle is inserted through vagina and into the ovary to receive the egg. The needle is connected to the suction device, which sucks the eggs out, and this process is repeated for each egg.

4. Culture of Fertilization & Insemination

After eggs are collected, they are placed together with the male sperm and kept in an environmentally controlled chamber. After a few hours, male sperms enter the egg and fertilization takes place. Sometimes, sperm is directly injected into the egg, which is known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). A frozen sperm, which is retrieved through testicular biopsy, can be used because it is more effective in achieving a successful pregnancy. After the fertilization process, one or two of the best embryos are selected and implanted into the womb also called as embryo transfer (ET). After ET, progesterone or HGC, i.e., human chorionic gonadotrophin is administered that helps the lining of the womb to receive the embryo.

5. Embryo Transfer

Sometimes a number of embryos can be placed on in the woman's womb, so it is important for the couple to consult the doctor as to how many embryos should be picked. The transfer of embryo is done with the help of a thin tube or catheter, which enters the womb through the vagina. This embryo sticks to the lining of the womb and finally leads to the growth of a healthy new embryo.

Cost of test tube baby

Fertility treatment, IVF and surrogacy, is a booming market in the Indian economy and according to some projections Test tube baby could be nearing to nearly Rs 500 crore or more.

IVF is mostly attempted if less invasive or expensive options have failed or unlikely to work. IVF in India can range from 60,000-80,000 rupees, which is inclusive of the prescribed medicines and drugs, but sometimes when a couple requires multiple cycles to get pregnant, they can spend from 3-6 lacs for IVF treatments. Individual procedures for IVF can cost between Rs 1 lacs and Rs 40 lacs. The total cost depends on individual treatments, use of fertility drugs and other sophisticated treatments such as embryo freezing, sperm or egg donation, or ICSI. Noticeably, surrogacy is the most expensive treatment among all of the ART treatments. However, the cost of having a test tube baby in India is still much lower as compared to other countries. Couples with low fertility levels may require either donor sperm or eggs and sometimes both. The cost of IVF can also vary greatly depending on the location. IVF cost in Delhi can range from 90,000-1, 25,000 rupees while in Mumbai it can range from 2, 00, 00 - 3, 00, 00 rupees. Due to the vast difference in the prices of IVF, sometimes couples prefer to travel to other cities where it is relatively cheaper.

Why is India a better place to opt for IVF?

IVF treatment plans in India are cheaper as compared to other countries. With advancement in medical technology, there has been an impeccable shift in the way Indian hospitals function today. The hospitals are well equipped with state of art infrastructure and technology and use the latest technologies for the purpose of IVF treatments. The success rates of test tube baby is immense in India as compared to other countries, with some hospitals boasting success rates as high as 70%, among younger women. IVF treatment in India offer higher success rate for women in the age group of 20-30 years as compared to other treatments such as IUI. About 70% of women have increased chances of getting pregnant through IVF fertility treatments, and this often justifies the test tube baby cost.

If you are a couple struggling for parenthood or facing problems in getting pregnant, you can approach Elawoman for all your problems and queries. We have a team of expert professionals who can provide you a one-stop solution for IVF Treatment plans, IUI process, surrogacy, Infertility treatment plans and many more. To get information on IVF specialists and hospitals reach us at +917899912611.

Dr. Arti Gupta

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Laparoscopic Surgeon, Hysteroscopic Surgeon Dr. Arti Gupta

Dr. Arti Gupta is a skilled obstetrician and gynecologist with vast years of experience. She has acquired MBBS in 1999 and MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2002. She is a member of the Haryana Medical Council and Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India. Her areas of expertise are Normal Vaginal Delivery, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. Dr. Arti Gupta has an expertise in Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and is practicing at Mayom Hospital in Gurgaon. You can get the contact details of Dr. Arti Gupta at


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    Nripendra Sankrant

    We had our first IVF cycle in September and the doctor charged us Rs. 1,60,000. I think that is a fair price when it comes to IVF along with ICSI.

    Oct. 30, 2018, 7:58 p.m. 4.5

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