For age-related infertility, there are various treatments available from ovulation stimulating drugs to intrauterine insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to egg, sperm or embryo donation.
The true cost of infertility cannot, however, simply be measured in purely financial terms. There is the additional emotional, physical and social toll to pay. The emotional rollercoaster can include dealing with stress, blame and trying to cope with the intense, deeply primitive 'survival of the species' drive to have a baby.
Women may also feel judged for leaving it too late or when told their egg supply is not good enough or too old. The physical toll can include invasive, often painful medical investigative procedures and treatment. At a social level, couples may also have to contend with the feelings of isolation, loneliness, shame, and pressure to reproduce.
The good news is that there is an increasing awareness of the non-financial costs of infertility and thankfully programs and support groups to help couples with the emotional costs are on the increase.