If for any case you and your partner are having issues bearing children, the best option is to turn to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This increases chances of getting children. However, paying for IVF treatment can be challenging especially when you don’t have information about how much they charge. The worst thing about it is that its average cost is higher than most of the people can realize. This is the main reason that most of the people go without seeking treatment.
In the US, the average cost of one cycle of IVF is between $12,000 and $15,000. I see that this is a huge expense to swallow but do you really know what goes into that cost? The fact is that the average cost of consulting a specialist and getting tested for infertility may cost you $1,500 and $3,500 respectively. In some other cases and situations it may cost more. Obviously if you have other complications or if you need more testing than the average tests you will have to sacrifice more. The other thing that may influence the total cost of consultation and testing is if for any case your tests turn out to be incorrect or if you need further consultation.
It all depends on where you are treated and for this reason, it can cost as much as $15,000 or even as low as $10,000. You may end up paying $7,000 per cycle for additional cycles. One complete IVF cycle refers to the stage from Ovulation stimulation to embryo implantation.
Medical costs of IVF
IVF medication is an integral part of the IVF process and hence you will also be required to incur some costs on that. Medication costs are not usually included in the consultation and treatment fees and hence they may set you back to somewhere between $1,500 to $5,000 per cycle.
What influences the cost of IVF?
There are several factors that make the costs of IVF to vary. The first reason is that everyone is different and for that reason, every person needs a custom approach to the problem. The other thing is that there’s no IVF experience that is created equally. Other influencing factors include fertility and genetic issues. What this means is that your journey, in this case, is different from someone else’s approach.
Additional factors why your IVF costs may vary include geographic area, the clinic you attend and individual consideration. It also depends on specific needs of whether using sperms donor or a surrogate. The other factors are freezing eggs and genetic screens.
- It may cost you more on the below areas.
- Egg donation which depends entirely on your fertility issue.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm Injection which calls for the injection of a single sperm in an egg.
- Blastocyst culture which focuses on embryo culture. This may cost you as low as $175.
- PGD which is a genetic test of singular cells within an embryo costing about $4,000-$7,500.
- Others include Embryo Freezing, Sperm Freezing, Embryo storage, and Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle.