The cost of IVF Treatment in Nairobi is as following:
| Surgery name
||A minimum price (Kenyan Shilling, KSh)
||Maximum price (Kenyan Shilling, KSh)
||Average price (Kenyan Shilling, KSh)
|| 3,831,10 KES
|| 6,020,30 KES
|| 4,925,70 KES
The Cost for IVF Treatment may vary according to the following factors:
- Doctor’s Fee
- Hospital charges
- Medical condition after IVF Treatment
- Type & Quality of Implants/Consumables
- Lab Tests recommended post-IVF Treatment
Before IVF Treatment
Before your IVF procedure is scheduled, you will be given birth control pills. This might sound backward—are you not trying to get pregnant?
The use of pre-treatment birth control pills has been shown to theoretically increase your chances of success. It can also reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation and ovarian cysts.
But not every doctor uses pre-cycle birth control pills. Another option is that your doctor will ask you to follow up on your ovulation period. Most definitely, she would recommend the use of an ovulation predictor kit. However, it may also recommend basal body temperature charts, particularly if you have a chart background.
You will need to let your doctor know as soon as you notice ovulation. Sometime after ovulation, you will have to start taking a GnRH antagonist (like Ganirelix) or a GnRH agonist (like Lupron). These are injectable medications, but others are available as nasal sprays or implants.
These drugs allow your doctor to have full control of ovulation once your treatment period starts. If you don’t get your cycles on your own, your doctor can take a different approach. In this case, progesterone can be administered in the form of Provera. This would have brought on your time.
In this scenario, your doctor will probably ask you to start taking a GnRH agonist or antagonist for around 6 days or more after your first Provera pill. Again, though, this could be different. Always follow the doctor’s orders.
Treatment of IVF
Commencement of treatment
You must come to the Nova IVF Fertility Center for a check-up on the specified day of your menstrual cycle from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stimulation of the ovarian
Medications would be administered to promote the development of multiple eggs by the ovaries in order to improve the likelihood of pregnancy. You will have to undergo one of the two protocols available, depending on your case history and reports. Your doctor is going to discuss this with you.
In the Long Procedure, injections will be given on the 21st day of the previous menstrual cycle. You will need to come back on the 2nd or 3rd day of the next menstrual cycle to start the actual stimulation of the ovary.
The Antagonist Procedure involves fewer doses and the whole treatment starts on the second day of the menstrual cycle.
In both protocols, injections must be taken at about the same time every day. It’s advisable to come to the hospital for your injections, but if you can’t, our medical staff will show you how to self-administer your injections, or you can get your injections taken locally by your doctor. These drugs can cause mild side effects, such as acidity and some pain.
Vaginal ultrasound testing is done at regular intervals to determine the reaction of injections to your ovaries. If the response is weak, you might be advised by your doctor to cancel the IVF cycle. This is going to be a joint decision between you and your doctor.
Injection of hCG/GnRH
This is done to activate the final maturation of the eggs to make them ready for collection, which happens about 34 to 36 hours later.
Pick-up of Ovum (egg collection)
Eggs are removed from the ovaries under general anesthesia with the help of transvaginal sonography. The procedure will take 15-30 minutes and the number of eggs obtained will depend on your reaction to the injections. You should go home about 2-3 hours after the treatment. Occasionally, one may have some vaginal bleeding and some abdominal pain, but it settles in a day or two.
Collection of sperm
Usually, a fresh semen sample is obtained on the day of ovum harvesting (egg collection). Some men find it difficult to produce a semen sample on request, so it can be obtained elsewhere and returned to the center within 30 minutes of collection. In general, abstinence of 3-5 days is recommended for the production of the best sample and lubricants should not be used. However, if a fresh sample cannot be created on the same day or if the husband is not present on the day of egg collection, a previously frozen sample can also be used. In fact, we encourage you to freeze a semen sample for this case.
After ovum pick-up
The eggs will be fertilized in the lab, either by normal IVF or ICSI, following the ovum pick-up. The next day, the embryologist will study the fertilization eggs and, later, the further development of embryos. If there are more than three well-developed embryos, they can be frozen for later transfer, if necessary.
Transfer of embryo
This is done 2,3 or 5 days after egg selection. You will be addressed on the day of embryo transfer and the number of embryos to be transferred. In this process, the embryo is transferred through the cervix to the uterus through a small, soft, sonographic-guided plastic tube. After the move, you will receive a course of medication to help the luteal process.
Approximately two weeks after the embryo transfer, you will be given a beta-hCG test to confirm whether conception has been achieved. If the result is positive, a vaginal ultrasound scan will be done 1 week later to confirm pregnancy and see the gestational sac.
When you’re getting your period?
The first official day of your treatment cycle is the day you start your treatment period. (Although it might sound like you’ve already started taking the drugs that you started before in step one.)
Your doctor will typically order blood tests and ultrasound on the second day of your cycle. It is going to be a transvaginal ultrasound. Ultrasound during your time is not exactly fun, but try to note that this is the same for any woman who goes through IVF.
Your doctor will look at your estrogen levels, specifically your E2 or estradiol, in your blood tests. This is to make sure that your ovaries are sleeping. That’s the expected result of a Lupron shot or GnRH antagonist.
Ultrasound is used to assess the size of the ovaries. Your doctor may also look for ovarian cysts. If there are cysts, your doctor may determine how to deal with them. Often your doctor may only postpone the medication for a week. Most cysts will be resolved on their own with time. In other cases, your doctor can suction the cyst (sucking the fluid) with a needle.
Possible risk of IVF pregnancy
Your doctor will also monitor whether or not the procedure has led to multiple pregnancies. IVF is at greater risk of conceiving multiples, and multiple pregnancy risks to both mothers and infants.28 Multiple pregnancy risks include premature labor and childbirth, maternal hemorrhage, C-section delivery, pregnancy-induced elevated blood pressure, and gestational diabetes.
If it is a high-order pregnancy (4 or more), your doctor can consider the possibility of reducing the number of fetuses in a procedure called “multifetal pregnancy reduction.” This is often done to improve your chances of getting a safe and happy pregnancy.
The risk of miscarriage is about the same for women who conceive naturally, with the risk increasing with age. For young women in their 20s, the risk of miscarriage is as low as 15%, whereas, for women over 40, the rate of miscarriage can be higher than 50%.
How long do side effects of IVF last?
As a result, many women feel worse on the first few days after retrieval than they feel on the day of retrieval, some having menstrual cramping, while others have bloating and abdominal pain. After about 5-7 days, the ovaries return to their original size, and most people feel better at that point.