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Fertility treatments and the cost to conceive

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The business of baby making

With so many fertility options available - all with varied costs - it can get overwhelming. Here, SheKnows uncovers the big words and oftentimes, big costs, associated with baby making.

 

Alternative treatments

In addition to eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, some women seek out alternative forms of treatment to help increase their chances of conception, especially when the costs of AFP prevent them from pursuing those avenues. Many women turn to acupuncture, in an attempt to, as Dr. Chris Oliver, a chiropractor and acupuncturist in Herndon, VA, explains "stimulate the body to function as it's supposed to, or to its full potential." The goal of acupuncture for pregnancy is to counter problems that affect infertility, such as a thyroid imbalance or to help increase blood flow to the endometrium.

 

Oliver says risks associated with acupuncture include bruising and slight bleeding, but not like medications that can be severe or create long-term side effects.  As with other treatments, acupuncture, costs depend on a patient's insurance coverage.  "Many insurers cover acupuncture," explains Oliver.  "For those without coverage, exams range from $100-$200, and acupuncture treatments range from $70-$180.

 

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