October 20, 2011

Making Infertility Treatment More Affordable

Treatment of infertility, for example in-vitro fertilization (IVF), is expensive. How much you pay depends on whether you have insurance coverage for infertility services including IVF, the amount of your co-pay, and of your deductable. For those without insurance coverage, the prices charged for IVF services vary between regions of the country and even within the same city. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the average cost of IVF in the United States is $12,400 for a single IVF cycle. The average number of IVF cycles needed to achieve a successful pregnancy is approximately 1.5 depending on the woman’s age and other medical variables. In women over 38 years of age more than two IVF cycles may be needed to achieve a successful pregnancy.

The costs of medications needed to achieve ovarian follicle stimulation also vary by patient’s age and circumstances and can range between $1,500 to over $5,000 per IVF cycle depending on the stimulation protocol chosen. Fertility centers do not have control over the price of these medications. That is why it is incumbent for Fertility Specialists to prescribe the most effective medications at the most competitive price.  Aside from medications, the price for IVF should include the following: all cycle monitoring including blood tests and pelvic ultrasounds; egg retrieval including anesthesia; embryology laboratory work including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); embryo transfer; and blood pregnancy testing following embryo transfer.

At the Fertility Centers of New England, we understand that cost is often a barrier to accessing quality care and that is why we offer IVF Assist which is the most comprehensive (all services included) and cost competitive program ($6,800 per cycle) available in New England. The Fertility Centers of New England is making IVF more accessible and affordable, without compromising results and quality of care.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility