US-based Shady Grove Fertility has extended the age in which a woman is eligible to participate in its most popular financial option using her own eggs by two years to 41
The Shared Risk option was the first ever created in the US and debuted in 1992 for patients who do not have access to insurance for IVF and means the fertility group can offer a 100 per cent refund and has so far had 16,000 participants.
The co-founder of Shady Grove Fertility, Michael J Levy MD said the reason it had been extended to women up to the age of 41 was the emergence of new technology.
“For people who don’t have insurance for IVF, the idea of treatment with no guaranteed outcome is risky, which is why we originally created Shared Risk. We designed a solution that provides patients who want to pursue treatment the option without having to bear the financial burden should treatment not be successful. Patients are not obligated to complete all treatment cycles available in the program, and can stop treatment at any time and receive a 100 per cent refund.”
Dr James Bromer of SGD said the reason it had been extended to women up to the age of 41 was the emergence of new technology.
“The extension of the age limit is largely possible because of improved IVF technology, called preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), that facilitates the identification of healthy embryos. PGT-A is now included in the Shared Risk package for women ages 38-40. Because women in this age group have a higher proportion of abnormal eggs, embryo testing allows us to choose those that are chromosomally normal and more likely to result in a healthy birth.”
Shady Grove Fertility’s program provides patients with the opportunity to pay a flat fee for up to six IVF or donor egg cycles and any subsequent frozen embryo transfers.
If the patient doesn’t take home a baby, SGF provides a full refund and are able to use this money for other parenting options.