Fertility Treatments: Why Do They Cost So Much?

Fertility Treatments: Why Do They Cost So Much?

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For couples who are struggling to become pregnant, fertility treatments are often a sought after solution. Unfortunately, these treatments are extremely expensive and most couples can’t afford to complete them. In the end, this is something that can actually keep a couple from conceiving and having children at all. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How Much are They?

For the most part, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $15,000 dollars depending on the specific treatment you have performed. One of the more cost-effective options is artificial insemination. This is a procedure where doctors will inject sperm directly into the uterus of the woman when she is ovulating. This can be completed with either her partner’s sperm or donor sperm.

Usually, artificial insemination is something that costs on the lower end of the spectrum. However, if medical tests, like ultrasounds and sperm washing are necessary or if you must purchase donor sperm, the costs could increase a little bit.

On the higher end of the spectrum, you will find in-vitro fertilization. This is a procedure where eggs are removed from the woman’s body and fertilized in the lab. The embryo is then placed back in the woman in an attempt to form a pregnancy. Some of the things that can make this process more expensive are medical tests and the need to purchase donor eggs and sperm.

Why are they so Expensive?

One reason that fertility treatments are so expensive is that they are typically not covered by insurance policies. This means that the couple is left paying the entire price for the procedure and tests as well as everything else that goes into them.

This means that while other medical procedures only require a small portion of the entire costs, fertility treatments require thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, these treatments aren’t always successful on the first time, which could mean that couples may even need to spend more money than they had originally planned.

In the end, fertility treatments are rather expensive. For couples who do not have a significant amount of money, they are usually not an option. There are some things you can do to lower the costs, however. For example, some clinics offered a portion of your money back if you are not able to become pregnant on the first try.

It is also possible to go in with another couple to purchase donor eggs or embryos at a discounted rate. This could mean you are sharing the embryos or eggs among 2-3 couples. While this might not be ideal, you will be able to afford the treatments a little easier.

Considering these things is something you should do before you decide to undergo fertility treatments.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)