IVF Pricing


#1

We are currently saving for IVF we are about 1/2 the way there. However I am trying to get a pricing idea from a couple clinics but none of them seem to want to discuss pricing with me without having a consult. I fully understand they can not give me an exact price but it would be nice to know what they charge for the major things that I know we will definitely need so we have a better idea how much we need to save before we begin seriously pursuing IVF. I don’t want to pay $200-$300 for a consult at several clinics just to get pricing. We are also considering going to Canada as we are only 2 hours away and all of their clinics list pricing right on their website. Is it typical for a clinic to not want to share pricing with you without a consult? How can I find out pricing without having to pay for a consult? Unfortunately we live in an expensive area where everything costs more and would travel to get a lower price if needed. Thank you so much!


#2

I find cost to be one of the more frustrating aspects of IVF. B/c no where do they say (at least at my RE) “it will cost you $$”. It’s all in bits and pieces and added on procedures and its up to you to total it up. Here’s a rough breakdown at my RE (located in Los Angeles):

Professional fees (payable to my RE’s office): $6100
Embryologist and lab: $2100
Operating room: $1195
Anesthesia: $445
Drugs: they quoted $3000 to $4000. Mine ended up being $5500 b/c I was on high doses for 12 days.

This does not include ‘extras’ like:
ICSI: $1350
Embryo freezing: $1050
Embryo co-culture: $450

And many other items. Let me know if you have a specific question and I’ll see if they list it. I think my total, including drugs and freezing of two extra embryos is +$17 k. I’m sure there are less expensive RE’s out there, but I’m pretty happy w/ mine. :wink:


#3

That seems little odd. There are four clinics near me and two have their prices on the websites and the others gave them to me over the phone when I called. Besides just considering price, I would suggest that you check the SART data and go with a clinic that has good statistics for your age and diagnosis.
Also, I found that even though my insurance did not cover IVF they did cover a consultation with an RE (it was considered a specialist and all I paid was my co-pay.) You might also do a search here to see if any members have cycled at the clinics you’re thinking about and you could PM them. Best of luck!


#4

Have you thought about natural or mini-IVF which is a fraction of the cost of conventional IVF?

Given your young age and lack of any diagnosed fertility issues per se, it would likely be a good option for you.

There are three clinics that do the true mini protocol (which was pioneered at the Kato Ladies Clinic in Japan): Cooper, New Hope and Life. New Hope and Life are the only U.S. affiliates of Kato.

I have consistently read negative reviews about Coooper and New Hope in terms of communication and nurses not calling back, bad attitudes, etc which is apparently especially bad if you are cycling from out of town. Granted, some patients have positive experiences too. I have read pretty good reviews on Life, but have not yet had any personal experiences with them, though I am planning on cycling with them this summer based on reviews and communicating with a couple of patients. Your best bet is to do your own googling on them and reach out to women who have posted on forums to get their opinions. Also, google Kato to read more on mini-IVF. Other clinics may claim to do mini simply by lowering stim meds, but they are generally not adhering to the true mini protocol.

All of them list their pricing on their website. With your husband’s vasectomy, I would guess they would do ICSI, unless he had it successfully reversed. At Life, you can do THREE cycles for $10K, but there are some additional add-ons like a cycle management fee, which could add up to $1000 to the cost. Still, that is what many clinics charge for just ONE conventional IVF.

Don’t forget to add in travel costs, but with natural or mini, you don’t have to be gone from home for as long. Maybe 2 nights tops. You monitor on cycle day 2 or 3 and then again around cycle day 9, 10 or 11 of your period, which you can do locally at home. That’s generally it. Then, you fly out for the actual retrieval the day before and since the ER does not typically use any anesthesia, you can fly home the same day. And, the meds are very, very minimal, hence part of the cost savings.

Good luck in your search!


#5

Where are you? I live in Michigan…also only 2 hours from Canada…and never considered doing IVF there. Would love to hear more about that!

I have used UofM and have been very happy. It’s not super cheap, but we’ve had two pregnancies to show for it. I think the basic fee is $7700, not including meds. That includes retrieval and transfer. I think it’s $8900 for ICSI, and a reasonable amount for freezing and storage (like $400, and they give you 6 months free? We didn’t have any to freeze, so unsure about that).

Sounds like a lot of us have comparable prices. Hope you find something “workable” for you. It’s all sooooooo ridiculous, when I look at what IS covered by insurance in this country. Boo!


#6

I am from Canada but am doing ivf in New York with local monitoring here. My costs are 9350$ for ivf, egg retrieval, transfer. This includes their medical management fee. It does not include icsi which we are also doing which is $1750 and anesthesia fee of $500. My local monitoring is going to cost me approx $1500 i believe and meds are approx 6000 to 7000$ cause of such high doses. Luckily for me my meds are 100% covered by my insurance. Here in Canada you can also claim ivf on your taxes and get 40% back which sure helps,

Btw the place I’m getting it done is the centre for human reproduction in manhattan New York,:grouphug:


#7

Well we were thinking of two places in Canada that after researching had good reviews and success rates. I am in Seattle area of Washington state and the prices are quite a bit higher at most clinics compared to Canada. The lower priced clinics in my state I do not feel comfortable with after researching due to bad reviews and/or too high twin/triplet outcomes. However in the past year we have had a new clinic open near to were I live and they state on their website $8500 with ICSI for IVF and that is suppose to include everything except meds, anesthesia, or special circumstances like for us needing sperm aspiration. I have been trying to contact them for about a week now asking the cost of the sperm aspiration and for a complete list of what Is not including in the $8500. But why cant I get a phone call or email returned. It is either this place which is 20 minutes from my house or going to Canada which is about 3 hours away. My husband never had a vasectomy reversal. We had scheduled that appointment but canceled it a week before because the chance of success is just too low for the price of the reversal. So now we are saving the reversal money towards IVF.


#8

WOW the price of some of your meds! I was hoping to not have to spend more than $4,000 on meds! I will be between 31-32 by time we do this but as of now my cycle is perfect and I believe that I have no issues with fertility hormonally or physically. Would I not need as much meds in my case or does my natural fertility have nothing to do with it? DH is fine except the vasectomy blocking his sperm. We conceived twice the very first time so I believe his fertility would be fine without the vasectomy.


#9

[quote=Francesca13]Where are you? I live in Michigan…also only 2 hours from Canada…and never considered doing IVF there. Would love to hear more about that!

I have used UofM and have been very happy. It’s not super cheap, but we’ve had two pregnancies to show for it. I think the basic fee is $7700, not including meds. That includes retrieval and transfer. I think it’s $8900 for ICSI, and a reasonable amount for freezing and storage (like $400, and they give you 6 months free? We didn’t have any to freeze, so unsure about that).

Sounds like a lot of us have comparable prices. Hope you find something “workable” for you. It’s all sooooooo ridiculous, when I look at what IS covered by insurance in this country. Boo![/quote]

I live in Washington state so near a different part of Canada than you. For me Canada is several thousand cheaper than most Seattle area clinics. Might not be much cheaper for you though because the prices you listed are close to what I have found in Canada. Everything is more expensive in Seattle area from housing to IVF. But if I can get more detailed pricing for this new clinic by me I would prefer to stay closer to home. It is a big turn off for me when I do not get a response to my questions from a clinic because it makes me feel like they would also be neglectful with my treatment. I hope I hear from them or they might be getting crossed off my list.


#10

I agree that mini ivf sounds like a good option for you.

I live in the LA area so there are tons of REs to consider and most post their pricing details on their website. I paid $11,900 for a two cycle deal, not including $450 for the anesthesiologist. It did include ICSI, assisted hatching, and embryo storage for one year. My meds are covered because my medical and prescription insurance is separate. I ended up getting pregnant on my first cycle but I’m glad I paid for the additional cycle. It would have been $9600 for the single cycle deal I think. My RE said he thought I had a 60-70% chance of taking home a baby in two cycles.


#11

[SIZE=3][FONT=Calibri]You can always “apply” for the Compassionate Care program for free meds? They donated 3000 units of Gonal F to us and we ordered the other half from IVFstar.com now known as fastivf which is an overseas pharmacy. We paid approx. $2500 for our generic Bravelle. [/FONT][/SIZE]


#12

Does mini IVF produce less eggs? I don’t really want to have to go out of driving distance for treatment. I am willing to drive up to 5 hours each way. We have two children and a ton of animals so going away for days at a time is not practical. I have to be able to get to a place and back within 24 hours.


#13

I live in Seattle area too. Not sure if the new clinic you are talking about is UW, but I did hear that they were restarting a fertility clinic with much lower prices than the other clinics and the doctor heading their program is very reputable. My fertility acupuncturist recommended them but I ended up going with Northwest Fertility due to convenience issues and their success rates with FET. I don’t know how much NW charges, but I have been very happy with Dr Shahine.

Also, you can get meds from overseas, lots of women on this forum go that route and it is MUCH cheaper. I ordered from ivfmeds.com for my last cycle and it saved me almost 1/2 of what I would have paid. They are located in the UK but I got my meds within 5 days and their customer service was awesome.


#14

I never had any trouble getting pricing information. I used a clinic that worked with IVF Attain, which gave me several tries at IVF for one flat price. The clinic gave me prices for going through them, or using Attain. I think clinics that don’t want to share pricing are a little shady. Have you checked their SART scores?


#15

[quote=musicgal]I live in Seattle area too. Not sure if the new clinic you are talking about is UW, but I did hear that they were restarting a fertility clinic with much lower prices than the other clinics and the doctor heading their program is very reputable. My fertility acupuncturist recommended them but I ended up going with Northwest Fertility due to convenience issues and their success rates with FET. I don’t know how much NW charges, but I have been very happy with Dr Shahine.

Also, you can get meds from overseas, lots of women on this forum go that route and it is MUCH cheaper. I ordered from ivfmeds.com for my last cycle and it saved me almost 1/2 of what I would have paid. They are located in the UK but I got my meds within 5 days and their customer service was awesome.[/quote]

The new clinic is called Poma in Kirkland, WA. This clinic is new but the doctors are not and the doctors have good reviews from work in other clinics.

I was finally able to get pricing from them today. Somehow they did not get my other message. But they sent me a complete list and looks like we will be able to get everything needed for IVF for $11,000 plus cost of meds. That is about same as what it would cost in Canada so I am very happy with that price. We are in Bellevue, WA so the location is very convient. Thanks for mentioning the lower pricing at the UW. I will check them out also. It would be nice to have a couple options that we can afford. I want to be able to afford up to 3 cycles but also have high quality treatment. Most of the clinics in the Seattle area we would never be able to afford 3 cycles. We could afford the Gyft clinic in Tacoma, WA but I don’t feel comfortable after reading reviews and see their statistics about how many embryos they transfers.

Fertility Clinic with Patient-Centered Approach - Poma Fertility

I read about the IVFMEDS.COM on another thread and definitely plan to go with them. Sounds like they will be the cheapest all around.


#16

Since you’re in the PNW, it might be worth a look at Oregon Reproductive Medicine in Portland. They are consistently in the top 10 in the country. Pricing looks to be comparable, as well. I’ve been incredibly happy with them.


#17

Thank you so much! Portland is about 3 hours drive for us. I am going to check that out as well. I still have about a 9month-1 year of saving to do so I have time to pick a clinic. I want to be able to pay all cash for the first cycle than we might have to finance some after that. I prefer to stay in U.S. but only now realizing that it might be affordable at a few places near us. Until reciently I thought Canada would be our only option.


#18

Would you be willing to share with me some info on the pricing? Do you have a pricing list in PDF file that you could send me? Do they have a refund program?


#19

Here’s what all I had to pay for…
Baseline testing: $420
Hysterosonography: $525
Mock Transfer: $205
Sperm Function Test: $220
IVF: $7920
ICSI: $1540
Embryo freezing + one yr storage: $1295

They also offer the Our Promise IVF, which states:
“The program includes up to 3 fresh IVF procedures and 3 frozen embryo transfers (if frozen embryos are available) at one set price. Our Promise refunds up to 100% of the money you spend if you don’t have a baby within two years.” That is listed at $15,850.

I don’t remember who told me, but when I looked into the refund program they said “if you can qualify for a refund program, you probably don’t need it”. My doctor steered me away from it, stating that at my age I had a 70% shot of success my first try, and if that didn’t work, a 50% shot with one of the frozen embryos, so an 85% chance of losing money with a refund program. He was right and we lucked out on the first fresh cycle. We’re going to try to make it a two-fer by getting a sibling from our frozen embryos!


#20

Thank you for that pricing info. I did write them but they did not have a list of pricing just a general explain of the things that may be needed and a estimated cost after meds which they priced about $18,000 for one fresh cycle! I am trying to get everything for one fresh cycle at $15,000 or less after meds. I only have $5,000 right now and will take me another year of saving to get to $15,000. So if first attempt does not work it will take me another 1.5 year of saving before being able to do another fresh cycle.

Does Oregon reproductive allow you to order meds from the internet or only allow meds filled by them or partnering pharmacy? I was really hoping to be able to get meds from IVFMeds.com because every little bit of savings will help make more than one cycle possible if needed.

If I understand their statistics correctly… at my age I have a 60 something % chance of bringing home a baby after one attempt? is that with a 1 or 2 embryo transfer?

Thank you for any advice you can provide. Its hard to get all of this info from the clinics without having a consult.