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  • In 2015, beauty magnate Vicki Belo and husband Hayden Kho, Jr., revealed to the world their daughter, Scarlet Snow, was conceived through in vitro fertilization(IVF) and carried to term via surrogacy. Celebrity mom and entrepreneur Divine Lee is a mother of two because of IVF.

    Doctors typically refer couples to a fertility specialist if they’ve not been able to conceive after trying for a year. It can be a long journey, and one that comes at a steep price. IVF has been among the assisted reproductive technologies available here in the Philippines.

    According to IVF Philippines, IVF was initially used to help women with blocked, damaged, or absent fallopian tubes to conceive. Today, women with endometriosis, male infertility, and unexplained infertility have turned to IVF upon their doctor's recommendation when they cannot conceive naturally.

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    How much does IVF cost in the Philippines

    IVF comes at a higher price compared to getting pregnant and giving birth via vaginal delivery or C-section surgery. But IVF cost has gone down since it was first introduced in the country in 1995. How much money do you need to shell out to have this treatment done?

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    There are a lot of clinics now that offer IVF in the Philippines. Here are a few of them, along with an estimate of the cost of the procedure

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    Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI)

    Address: St. Luke’s Medical Center, BGC, Taguig City
    Telephone: +63 2 8789-7700 ext. 2111
    Email: inquiries@stlukescarmi.com
    Website: www.stlukescarmi.com

    CARMI is the only hospital-based fertility center in Metro Manila and claims to have the lowest rates in the Philippines, comparable to the rates in Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. IVF treatment alone would cost approximately Php 250,000 to Php 300,000. If other services are added to the treatment, the cost will increase as well. 

    Kato Repro Biotech Center (KRBC)

    Address: 8/F Tower 1, The Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
    Telephone: +63 2 8822-1209
    Email: recep@krbc.ph
    Website: www.katoreprobiotechcenter.com

    Kato has been established in the Philippines since 2012. It offers IVF options such as the Natural Cycle (drug-free) IVF and Minimal Stimulation IVF.

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    Before the couple can undergo treatment, they are required to perform initial workup, which includes laboratory tests (infectious disease screening, hormones check, and complete blood count or CBC), endometrium and follicle check, and a first consultation that costs around Php 12,500.

    The Natural Cycle (Drug-Free) IVF Fresh Cleavage Embryo transfer will be first offered to qualified couples who come in for their first IVF cycle. This is a cost-efficient IVF plan since couples are only asked to pay the full amount once pregnancy is attained.

    A single Drug-Free IVF Cycle costs around Php 200,000. However, if pregnancy does not happen, couples only need to pay around Php 60,000 to Php 70,000. The total cost covers egg retrieval, IVF with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo culture, and embryo transfer.

    If the Drug-Free IVF would fail to produce a successful pregnancy, the couple will then be offered Minimal Stimulation IVF. This is also ideal for advanced age couples, patients with a history of poor response to stimulation, and those with tubal factor infertility. Embryos that are cultured from a stimulated cycle are frozen and moved to an unstimulated cycle.

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    This roughly costs around Php 300,000, which includes egg retrieval, IVF with or without ICSI, embryo culture, assisted hatching (if necessary), transfer of the embryo, and embryo cryopreservation for one year from the retrieval date.

    Victory A.R.T. Laboratory Phil. Inc.

    Address: Unit D-1 Medical Plaza Makati, Amorsolo cor. Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Telephone: +63 2 884-2290 to 92-94
    Website: www.victoryivfphilippines.com

    An IVF cycle done through Victory ART costs approximately Php 400,000 to Php 500,000. This includes initial consultation, lab tests, fertility medications, the actual procedure, and doctors’ professional fees.

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    Couples need to prepare for IVF cost ranges from Php 250,000 to Php 500,000. This is subject to change depending on the plan and treatment of the patient, as not all patients are alike. Below are the other clinics that offer IVF treatment in the country.

    Philippine Center for Assisted Reproduction, Inc.

    Address: 11/F Raffles Corporate Center, F. Ortigas, Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    Telephone: +63 2 8470-5092. Email: ivfcarecenter@gmail.com
    Website: www.ivfcarecenter.com

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    Repro Optima Center for the Reproductive Health, Inc.

    Address: Ground Floor JRDC Building, Osmeña Blvd., Capitol Site, Cebu City
    Telephone: +63 32 256-2433, +63 32 254-6965
    Email: info@repro-optima.com
    Website: www.repro-optima.com

    In-Vitro Fertilization Davao, Inc.

    Address: Ground Floor, Brokenshire Women’s Center Bldg., Brokenshire Hospital, Madapo Hills, Davao City
    Telephone: +63 82 305-1163
    Email: info@ivfdavao.com
    Website: www.ivfdavao.com

    IVF is not the only option for couples who cannot conceive naturally. Doctors typically recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) first before IVF. The first thing couples need to do is visit a fertility center for consultation.

    Try consulting with a reproductive immunologist to check if you have reproductive immune disorder Know more about it here. 

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