The Cost of Fertility Treatment
There are a wide variety of treatment options available for those trying to become pregnant. Many of these options are relatively low cost. Others, like IVF, are more expensive but the good news is that not all patients will need IVF.
An accurate cost estimate for fertility treatment can only be determined once a personalized treatment plan has been established. At Reproductive Partners, an initial consultation costs $250 and includes a one-on-one meeting with one of our highly trained fertility doctors. In this meeting, the doctor will review your medical history, possibly perform an examination and an ultrasound, answer your questions and develop a personalized treatment plan designed to achieve a successful outcome.
Your initial consultation also includes a meeting with one of our financial coordinators. The financial coordinator will go over the cost of treatment, financing and any shared-risk programs, if any, that may apply to your course of treatment.
Should you need IVF, it is important that you understand the total cost of treatment. Many IVF centers advertise a low cost estimate that does not include many essential aspects of treatment such as medication, and anesthesia.
If you would like additional information about various costs that affect the total cost of IVF, please read more here:
The Cost of IVF Treatment
Advertised IVF costs can vary greatly from center to center. Generally, this is because many centers purposely omit mandatory treatment costs such as medication and anesthesia. They omit these things to make their global rate appear more competitive. Here are some things that may affect your true cost of IVF treatment.
- Success Rates - An IVF program with low success might require multiple cycles to achieve success. More cycles of IVF are always going to be more expensive than fewer cycles. It is important that you research the IVF success rates of the center you are considering for treatment. Make sure you are getting this information from an independent source like SART or CDC. If a fertility center does not report their success rates to either of these two organizations, they are in violation of federal law and you should really understand why they have chosen not to disclose this information.
- Medication - Medication can often be one of the most significant costs, as much as one-third, of IVF treatment. Typically older patients are prescribed larger doses over longer time periods which will increase cost.
Some medications that are part of a course of IVF treatment include: Lupron, Ganirelix and Cetrotide for supression; Gonal-F, Follistim, Menopur, and Bravelle for stimulation; Endometrin and Crinone for progesterone supplementation; Vivelle, Minivelle and Estrace for estrogen supplementation.
- Male Factor - 30% of infertility is related to male factor problems. Male factor problems can influence the total cost for IVF treatment if Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is included as part of the treatment protocol. ICSI is a fertilization technique whereby sperm is injected directly into the egg's cytoplasm.
- PGD/PGS - In some cases screening for chromosome abnormalities may be recommended in the form of Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS). This additional procedure can significantly affect the total cost of IVF because of the costs of embryo biopsy, genetics lab evaluation of the chromosomes, freezing the embryos waiting for results and a frozen embryo transfer cycle. In the case where one or both of the intended parents are carriers of a known single gene defect, a course of IVF may involve genetic screening for that abnormal gene, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) with similar costs.
- Embryo Freezing - In some cases doctors may recommend freezing all embryos for a delayed transfer in a frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle. In many cases, a course of IVF will produce more embryos than can be used in a single course of treatment. In these cases, the couple may elect to freeze extra embryos for use in future IVF cycles. The cost for freezing and storing embryos can affect the total cost of IVF.
These are just a few of the additional costs that you may have to add to a seemingly low advertised price. We recommend you be a good consumer and make sure all the costs are divulged before you sign on the dotted line.
Schedule your initial consultation with one of our highly trained fertility doctors.