Published by Vanessa Green
Published byVanessa Green
One of the first questions most individuals and couples have when it comes to fertility treatment is: “How much does it cost?”
Most of the time, what they’re looking for is a simple figure they can wrap their head around to start planning and budgeting for their treatment
But the problem is that pricing for fertility treatments is both complex and specific to the individual.
According to the latest data published in Forbes in 2023, the average cost of an IVF cycle is around $20,000. But what you’ll pay for your procedure could be wildly different depending on several factors. Each part of the fertility treatment process will also cost varying amounts for different patients.
So here’s a breakdown of fertility treatment costs to give you a better understanding of where you’ll fit on the scale.
Monitoring during your IVF treatment covers everything from ultrasounds and bloodwork to doctor appointments and lab costs.
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These are fairly standard costs though they may differ slightly from clinic to clinic.
Rough costs: $1,500 – $2,500
Your medication will be one of the most expensive parts of your treatment. You will require different medications for different parts of the fertility treatment cycle, and the costs of those medications will vary greatly as well.
The drugs you’re prescribed during the egg retrieval stage will likely be the most expensive, as making the embryos is the most intensive part of the IVF process. This process involves safely stimulating the ovaries as much as possible to maximize the number of eggs that can be fertilized, and then develop into embryos.
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After your egg retrieval, you’ll take a different set of drugs for your transfer.
There are two options when it comes to embryo transfers. If you do a fresh transfer (usually on day 5 or 6 after the egg retrieval), you’ll take medications during the egg retrieval cycle to prepare your uterus for the transfer. You’ll pay for this medication upfront, which will give you a better handle on the costs.
If you are doing a freeze all cycle (which you must do if you plan on preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) your embryos or if your uterine lining isn’t ideal for a fresh transfer), the frozen embryo transfer (FET) will be its own cycle. For either fresh or frozen transfers, the medications will be about a quarter of the cost of the egg retrieval cycle.
With either type of transfer, some of the drugs you’re prescribed will be taken until the end of your first trimester, which you should factor into the overall cost of your medications.
However, it’s important to remember your drug protocol (i.e. the medical treatment plan you will undertake as part of your IVF process) will be specific and personalized. For example, someone with PCOS, endometriosis or other female-factor fertility challenges may need more medication than someone with male-factor fertility issues only. This also means the cost of their medication will differ drastically.