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IVF and Infertility Treatment Costs for Successful Outcomes
While IVF and other infertility treatment costs range from hundreds of dollars for a basic intrauterine insemination (IUI) to thousands of dollars for in vitro fertilizaton (IVF) with donor egg, it is important to realize that for patients to have a successful outcome, they generally must undergo a fertility treatment more than one time.
So what is the per-person treatment cost for different fertility treatments?
Recent research has given us a better idea of what an individual or couple ends up spending to have a successful pregnancy. In a study published in Fertility and Sterility, scientists evaluated treatment costs for a successful outcome across the full range of infertility services during a defined time period of 18 months. They followed 398 women at eight fertility clinics in California to determine the per-person treatment costs for women whose treatments resulted in pregnancy, as well as those costs for women whose treatments were not successful. In the study, approximately 20 percent of the women chose non-cycle based treatments such as surgery or tests. The cycle-based treatments included:
- Fertility drugs only
- IUI with clomiphene citrate (Clomid)
- IUI with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
- IVF with donor eggs
Overall, fertility treatment was successful for approximately 30 percent of the patients. With the patients who had cycle-based treatment, 46 percent achieved pregnancy or successful delivery within the study's time period. The patients who used cycle-based treatments underwent treatment an average of 3.6 treatments.
For cycle-based treatments, the per person costs averaged from $1,182 for fertility drugs only to $24,373 for IVF and $38,015 for IVF-DE. However, fertility treatment costs for each successful outcome were much higher:
- $5,894 for fertility drug only
- $61,377 for IVF
- $72,642 for IVF with donor egg