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In Vitro Fertilization Fee Estimate

What is in vitro fertilization?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a laboratory process that allows a couple to have a child of their own through normal pregnancy and childbirth. The process mimics natural reproduction by fertilizing a woman’s eggs with sperm cells to create embryos in a laboratory setting. A small number of embryos are then transferred back to the woman’s uterus to begin pregnancy. The primary advantage of in vitro fertilization lies in the potential to retrieve and fertilize more than one egg, vastly improving the chances of a successful pregnancy. Embryos that are not chosen for transfer can be frozen (cryopreserved) to be inserted into the uterus at a later date. In vitro fertilization may not be appropriate for certain patients based on age, health history and other variables.

To find out if you are a candidate for in vitro fertilization, schedule an appointment with our reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists at University Physicians – Women's Specialty Care (Mirror Lake).

How much does in vitro fertilization cost?

To assist with financial planning, we have prepared a fee list for the cost of an IVF cycle. The following information is an approximation of IVF cycle charges effective January 2019. (Fees are subject to change without notice.) If you have any questions about financial considerations for your IVF cycle, please visit our fees and payments page.

Summary of IVF cycle charges:

  • Monitoring - $1,500
    • Blood work and ultrasound evaluation
  • Egg Retrieval Procedure - $3,250
    • Procedure, anesthesia, supplies and ultrasound guidance
  • Laboratory Procedures - $3,250
    • Andrology processing of semen sample
    • Oocyte culture and fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as needed
    • Assisted hatching and blastocyst culture
    • Embryo cryopreservation, as needed
  • Embryo Transfer - $3,000
    • Laboratory preparation of embryo
    • Transfer procedure, as needed to achieve a successful pregnancy, up to a total of three transfers.

Total fee for in vitro fertilization recipient - $11,000

Other expenses:

  • Medication costs: The cost of the medications used during an IVF cycle will differ among patients due to various treatment regimens and medications used. The total cost for medications in an IVF cycle averages $3,500 but may range from $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Cryo fees: The initial fee for IVF includes cryo-preserving (freezing) any unused embryos and storage for one year. After one year, the embryos will be transferred to an off-site facility for long-term storage.
  • Genetic testing: Genetic testing of your embryos will require additional steps not included in a standard IVF cycle. These steps include embryo biopsy by our laboratory ($1,750) and genetic analysis by Genesis Genetics (approx. $3,000).
  • Precycle screening: Prior to initiating treatments, you will be screened for problems that may impact your chances for success with IVF. This screening includes blood work and an in-office hysteroscopy procedure.