How Much Do Fertility Treatments Cost?

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1. The High Price Of Fertility

It’s common knowledge that fertility treatments are expensive. In fact, when most people think of fertility treatments, one of the first things that comes to mind is the high price tag. The expense of these fertility treatments is something that stands in the way of many families that wish to undergo these treatments to help them conceive.

Woman Using a CalculatorMaking it even harder is the fact that there is no guarantee when it comes to fertility treatments, and sometimes it takes multiple rounds of treatments to get pregnant. This can really make it extremely hard on a family to get pregnant with fertility treatments and puts these treatment options out of reach of many couples.

2. Average Costs

Fertility treatment costs here in the USA are higher than anywhere else in the world. Adding to that, different regions of the country have vastly different costs when it comes to fertility treatments, depending on the options available. For example, parts of the country with lots of fertility treatment options will have more competitive costs, and parts of the country with few options will be able to charge more.

pacifier with hard money  in light background.For this reason, it is very hard to pinpoint an average cost of fertility treatments. The varying costs between countries and even regions of the same country can be hard to comprehend.

3. The Price Tag

IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is definitely the most affordable choice when it comes to fertility treatments in the USA. The average cost for IUI runs between $300 and $900 per cycle, and it is a good choice for couples on a budget who still want to give fertility treatments a try. IVF, one of the most popular treatment options, runs around $12,000 per cycle, and that does not include the drugs that are used to stimulate the ovaries, like Clomid or Femara.

Woman at the GynecologistThe most expensive of the fertility treatment options is usually IVF using donor eggs. This procedure runs at around $30,000 for one cycle, and there are no guarantees that it will work.

4. Keep In Mind

When you are thinking about fertility treatments, you should keep in mind that there are no guarantees that they will work. It doesn’t matter how much money you sink into something like fertility treatments, you are still taking a risk and a gamble. Also, you should make sure to compare the costs of treatment at different clinics in your area, if you have that option.

When-you-are-thinking-about-fertility-treatments-you-should-keep-in-mind-that-there-are-no-guarantees-that-they-will-workSome couples don’t have the option of having choices when it comes to treatment, but some do. You also need to make sure you know exactly what (if anything) your insurance covers when it comes to fertility treatments. More and more insurance policies these days are starting to cover fertility treatments, and that is amazing news.

Lastly, be sure to talk at length with the doctors and clinic that you will be choosing so that you can be aware of any extra hidden costs that you might incur. Sometimes, clinics add on costs that they do not tell you about, and these can add up quickly.

 

 

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.