Couples praying and hoping to become parents should have that beautiful bundle of joy to love and care for. But what if some couples realise in the long run that getting pregnant is a challenging journey to begin parenthood? Most of them inquire about in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and one of the first questions they would ask is about the cost of IVF.
What is in vitro fertilisation (IVF)?
IVF is a specialised fertility procedure that fertilises a woman’s egg cell with a man’s sperm cells outside of the woman’s body. Once the fertilisation is complete, the fertilised egg is then transferred to the woman’s womb to continue its development, hence, the woman’s pregnancy.
What is the cost of IVF?
In Australia, different fertility clinics offer different price range or cost of IVF. The fertility experts determine the cost according to the level and stages of the procedure. There are also several specialised steps that may affect its overall cost.
Below is a detailed general cost of IVF estimated per procedure.
Initial consultation and fertility health checks (Laboratory tests and diagnostics) $250 – $350
The standard cost of IVF
- Initial cycle $3500 – $6000
- 2nd cycle $2500 – $3500
- 3rd cycle $1500 – $2500
- 4th cycle $1000 – $1500
The additional fees per procedure
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
- 1st cycle $3000 to $4000
- 2nd cycle $2900 to $3500
FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) $1500 – $2000
PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Testing) $400 to $500 per biopsy with an additional $400 to $800 fee per embryo screened
Based on the information mentioned, fertility experts and aspiring parents-in-the-making can presume that an average Australian couple should have a budget of $16,000 to $25,000 to get pregnant via IVF. We have estimated the prices listed as an approximate out-of-pocket cost of IVF procedures based on insured patients with hospital coverage and Medicare eligibility.
Steps patients can take to reduce the cost of IVF:
Even though we all know that IVF is a specialised and scientific procedure that would require a hefty cost, there are now ways where experts can recommend in order to reduce extra fees.
Based on a group of experts studying the whole IVF procedure, there are some additional steps performed during the IVF process that are deemed unnecessary. Some fertility clinics even recommend the use of this Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to couples without sufficient evidence of their infertility. Proper knowledge about your reproductive health condition certainly makes a difference in the cost of IVF.
On the other hand, additional but unnecessary procedures that complement this ART procedure affect the cost of IVF. For instance, ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is part of almost 70% of IVF treatment cycles performed not only in Australia but globally. This fact is in spite of evidence that it should be part of the process and cost of IVF only if the male partner has very poor semen quantity and quality. Additionally, some couples go the extra mile and use PGD as a means to select their unborn child’s gender. These extra and superfluous ART procedural steps can significantly affect the cost of IVF without impacting its success.
Knowing the chances of having a baby and being able to estimate its cost is of fundamental interest to couples. Additional procedures that affect the cost of IVF does not necessarily bring about its success. That is why understanding information about IVF success rates, though difficult, is essential.