It is easy to find a competitive headline price for infertility treatments by searching online and contacting clinics. Infertility treatments abroad start as low as $2,500 per cycle (about €2,000 or £1,600 ) for straightforward in vitro fertilisation (IVF), with most countries offering simple IVF for between $3,000 and $6,000 per cycle (€2,300 to €4,600 or £2,000 to £4,00).
However, you need to be aware that this is unlikely to be the final price, as there are many extras to consider. Since the actual prices for infertility treatments vary across the world, it is easier to look at these extras as an additional percentage that will need to be paid on top of the basic price.
Your initial consultation with the infertility clinic will add between 5 % and 10 % to the price before you even begin treatment. Tests such as sperm analysis, blood tests and ultrasound examinations of your fallopian tubes, to establish which infertility treatments are likely to be most suitable in your case, will often add around 5 % extra each to the final price.
If you are unable to produce your own gametes, and need donor eggs or donor sperm, this will increase the cost of your infertility treatment once more. Donor sperm will add around 5 % while donor eggs can add as much as 50 % extra, because of the extra procedures and treatments required to harvest them, as well as any compensation paid to the egg donor. If you need assistance in producing your own sperm, surgical sperm retrieval can add at least 20 % to the basic IVF cost.
Additional techniques to aid fertilisation or implantation of the embryo could still cost extra, with techniques such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and assisted hatching (AH) adding around 15 % each to the overall cost of your infertility treatment.
To cut the cost of subsequent infertility treatments, should your first cycle be unsuccessful, it is well worth freezing embryos, eggs or sperm for later use. Again this will add to the price, with frozen embryo storage costing around 5 % of the basic IVF price per year.
Clearly it is important to work out the total price before you commit to treatment, so that there are no nasty shocks when your bill arrives.