IVF Treatment Cost

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In vitro fertilization can be an expensive medical procedure. Depending on the clinic you choose for treatment, your cost can be anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 per cycle. While some states mandate insurance for infertility treatments, others won’t cover IFV. Before you begin calculating how much your treatment will set you back, factor in your state’s insurance laws, and make sure you know exactly what your employer covers.

There are fertility clinics that charge lower prices for IVF, but you should investigate their pricing thoroughly. Make sure they’re including all necessary tests, drugs and monitoring in their quote. The price should include fertility drugs, blood tests, other lab work, ultrasounds, and monitoring costs. Ask the clinic what they consider to be extra – i.e., not included in their initial quote.

In order to maintain low costs, cheaper clinics often see a greater number of patients. They also may choose to treat each case in the same manner, rather than taking into account each couple’s individual fertility issues. They may put a large number of their patients on birth control pills at the same time, in order to schedule all the IVF cycles at the same time: this may result in fewer eggs being retrieved from each woman, or a woman’s cycle being cancelled because no eggs were retrieved. They also sometimes schedule egg retrievals before cycles begin, so that they’re not overloading their doctors with too many on one day – this can result in eggs being retrieved too early or too late. They might also skimp on the number of ultrasounds or blood tests performed. Each of these cost- and time-saving measures can make IVF less successful.

Costs may be lower if you’re doing IVF with your own frozen embyros from a previous in vitro cycle. This is called frozen embryo transfer, or FET, and costs $3,000 on average. Using someone else’s embryo is also cheaper, costing between $5,000 and $7,000.

Costs may be higher if you have a more complicated IVF procedure. If you want to do intra cytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, you’ll pay $1,000 to $1,500 more. This is a treatment in which one sperm is directly injected into an egg. If you choose to genetically test your embryos, you’re looking at a cost of $3,000. Freezing and storing your embryos will set you back several hundred dollars. Using an egg donor is extremely expensive: it’ll cost $15,000-$20,000 more than a traditional cycle of IVF. Sperm donors are less costly, but will still end up costing about $3000 more than the usual IVF treatment.


 
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