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Low-cost in vitro fertilization: current insights

Authors Teoh PJ, Maheshwari A

Received 16 March 2014

Accepted for publication 6 June 2014

Published 21 August 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 817—827

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S51288

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Pek Joo Teoh, Abha Maheshwari

Aberdeen Fertility Centre, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Abstract: Despite the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF) more than 30 years ago, the cost of treatment remains high. Furthermore, over the years, more sophisticated technologies and expensive medications have been introduced, making IVF increasingly inaccessible despite the increasing need. Globally, the option to undergo IVF is only available to a privileged few. In recent years, there has been growing interest in exploring strategies to reduce the cost of IVF treatment, which would allow the service to be provided in low-resource settings. In this review, we explore the various ways in which the cost of this treatment can be reduced.

Keywords: IVF, low-cost, accessible, developing world

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