IVF: How much does it Actually Cost?

The greatest joy in a couple’s life is being able to experience the joys of pregnancy, having a child, and raising a family. While this is the dream of most married couples, for some this dream can be shattered just as quickly as it was created. After many years of trying to conceive the natural way and possibly several years of testing to determine the cause of infertility, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be recommended as the way to conceive a child.

Why It's Worth the Cost

IVF treatment is ideal when all other non-invasive procedures and treatments have been tried, and failed, in conceiving a child. Couples choose to go with IVF treatment as it holds one of the highest success rates among unnatural conception. Even though IVF treatment is one of the most reliable and most popular procedures for conception, it can also be extremely costly.

The Expense in Detail

For couples who have chosen to conceive using IVF treatments, it is imperative that they have done the necessary research on the costs involved and begin to plan how they are going to pay for this treatment, as most insurance companies do not cover these types of treatments as they are considered elective treatments and not mandatory to cure a life-threatening health concern. The average cost of IVF treatment is approximately $12,000 although prices range from $10,000 to $15,000 and sometimes higher. This price is per cycle and most women often undergo several cycles of IVF treatment in order to have a successful implantation and conception.

With IVF treatment, a couple has many different options that will cost more than the average price of $12,000 per cycle. If a single sperm needs to be injected directly into the egg in order for conception to occur there can be an addition cost of $1,000 to $1,500 per cycle. If a couple makes a decision to do genetic testing of the embryos retrieved, this could cost an additional $3,000 or more. Freezing embryos may cost an additional several hundreds of dollars and using an egg donor can range from $25,000 to $30,000 per cycle. Sperm donation may cost an additional $200 to $3,000 and during IVF treatment, costs may raise up to, on average, $15,000 per cycle.

Most couples do not have these large amounts of cash lying around in order to exhaust all possible infertility treatments. It is important to work with an infertility specialist to research all costs that may be incurred throughout IVF treatment and a plan should be developed on how it will be paid for. Most couples feel defeated although the end result can far surpass all the financial, physical, and emotional pain they will go through.

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