How Much Does IVF Really Cost

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child.

To treat infertility people look for IVF treatment which is really expensive. And if you opt for out-of-pocket expenditure then you may end-up in a real financial crisis. So, finding out a clinic or hospital which offers affordable quality care is really in need of people. You should search such a facility where the cost of IVF treatment is really affordable and there should be various payment options , schemes, insurance acceptability, EMI and loan facility available. For more information you can call them contact their representative . There are a very few financial advisors in those treatment centres with whom you can discuss about the treatment plan. 

Getting a Quote From Your Clinic

Let's say your clinic gives you a price quote of rs. 100,000/- . You go online, find another clinic, and they tell you they can give you a cycle for rs. 150,000/- . 

Should you switch clinics?

You should look for various options when looking at IVF treatment. Take into consideration both the quality of the clinic and cost. However, before you jump to a clinic for a lower price, make sure you're getting a full quote.

You can't compare things if one clinic is offering you the estimated price for everything, while another clinic is giving you the cost only for the IVF procedure. 

If you get a quote, ask the clinic or billing operator if the price includes:

  • Additional assisted reproductive technologies you may need, like ICSI, PGT, assisted hatching, testicular sperm extraction, etc. 
  • Any pre-IVF fertility testing or consultations (the clinic may require you to repeat tests you've already had).
  • Cryopreservative of any extra embryos
  • Fertility drugs
  • Mock embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy testing (hCG beta blood work)
  • Ultrasound monitoring and blood work
  • Yearly storage fees for those frozen embryos

If you choose a clinic away from home, always remember to include travel, hotel, and time of work costs.

Mini-IVF vs. Full IVF

It’s also important that you don’t confuse micro-IVF, or mini-IVF, with conventional IVF treatment.

Mini-IVF uses lower doses of fertility drugs and involves less monitoring of the growing embryos before transfer. Mini-IVF costs on average 1,50,000. However, mini-IVF is better suited for couples looking to try IUI treatment. Also, it’s not for everyone. There are advantages to mini-IVF besides cost.

For example, it is less likely to lead to a multiple pregnancy when compared to IUI. With IUI, you can't control the number of possible follicles or resulting embryos. With mini-IVF, you can choose to transfer just one embryo. 

With that said, success rates for mini-IVF are not yet clear. Mini-IVF may be better than IUI, but if you really need full IVF, it may not be the best treatment option for you. 

Additional Costs for IVF Options

While basic IVF costs around 120,000, if you need additional assisted reproductive technologies, the cost will be higher.

For example, ICSI treatment may be an addition where a single sperm is injected into the ovum. Genetic testing of embryos, or PGT, may be around 3,000 or more. It may go as low as 1,800 or as high as 7,500.

Embryo freezing, including the initial freezing and storage, may cost an additional few to several hundred dollars. Yearly storage fees range anywhere from 200 to 800 per year.

If you have frozen embryos from a previous cycle and want to use them, doing so is significantly cheaper than doing a complete IVF cycle with fresh embryos. The average cost for a frozen embryo transfer (FET) is about 3,000– 5,000.

If you plan on using an egg donor, the overall cost will be significantly higher—from 25,000 to 30,000 for one cycle. Using a sperm donor is less expensive, costing anywhere from 200 to 3,000 extra, or between 13,000 and 17,000 per IVF cycle.

Using a gestational carrier is the most expensive of all IVF options. If you include all the legal fees, agency fees, IVF costs, and payment to the gestational carrier, the cost can range anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000.

Embryo donation is the least expensive of the donor options. It's often cheaper than a regular IVF cycle. An embryo donor cycle costs anywhere between 5,000 and 7,000. This is assuming the embryo has already been created. (As opposed to choosing an egg donor and sperm donor and having the embryo created specifically for your cycle, which would be extremely expensive.)

How Can You Pay for IVF?

Many fertility clinics offer payment programs to help make IVF treatment more affordable. Don’t write off IVF before you talk to your clinic about your options.

While price comparisons are important when choosing a fertility clinic, you should also consider their success rates. If an IVF clinic has a very low price, but their success rates are low and multiple cycles may be needed, then choosing the cheaper clinic isn’t worth it.

There are also refund programs, where you pay a set fee, usually between 20,000 and 30,000. The clinic will refund part of your money if you do not get pregnant after three or four IVF treatment cycles. Not all couples qualify, and the terms vary from clinic to clinic.

There are advantages and disadvantages to refund programs. In favor of the programs, if you don't get pregnant, you will get back at least part of your expense. (You won't get a refund for medications, so it isn't a full refund.) Also, if you need all three or four cycles to conceive, you may pay less per cycle than if you paid as you went.

On the other hand, if you get pregnant on your first cycle, you will have paid much more than necessary. Most refund programs won't accept you if they think you're unlikely to get pregnant quickly. 

Other options for paying for IVF treatment include:

  • Credit cards
  • Crowdfunding
  • Family borrowing
  • Flexible-spending account (FSA) or health savings plan (HSA) funds
  • Grants
  • Insurance (some plans cover part or all of IVF, though it's not common)
  • Medical, personal, or home equity loans
  • Retirement savings (additional taxes or penalties may be involved)

Conclusion 

Having a doctor recommend IVF treatment can be emotionally distressing. Add on top of that the financial strain it brings to most, and you may feel overwhelmed. The cost of IVF is the number one barrier to treatment for the majority of families.

Don't be afraid to take your time deciding whether IVF treatment is something you can afford, and looking into all your payment options. You may feel tempted to just jump in, think how you will pay later, but this can lead to serious financial trouble. Make a plan of how you'll save, cut back, or repay any funds you borrow.

Also, keep in mind that it's okay to decide not to pursue IVF. You're under no obligation to declare bankruptcy before deciding you've reached your limit. There are many legitimate reasons not to continue with fertility treatments, and avoiding debt (or avoiding too much debt) is one of them. 

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