It is important to consider that the costs we publish for these treatments are the base cost. Total costs for all treatments will vary from patient to patient when including drugs required, additional scans or investigations and HFEA fees.
Clinics offer a range of fertility treatments and packages, so choosing the right clinic can be challenging. There is a real difference in prices across the UK and Europe when considering where to have your treatment. We breakdown the various elements involved in an IVF cycle, to help you understand the typical costs to consider.
Initial Consultation (£150-£300)
An initial meeting with a fertility specialist will focus on the underlying cause for your subfertility problems and will identify any further investigations required and tailor your treatment accordingly. Most initial assessments will involve blood tests, ovarian reserve testing, ultrasound scans and sperm analysis. Until this assessment has been completed it is hard to predict your exact requirements for treatment. Some fertility clinics will offer prices for this separately or as a package.
IVF or ICSI Treatment (IVF £2750-£4750, ICSI £3000-£5550)
Depending on the underlying problems identified by your specialist different techniques are used to fertilise the eggs that are collected. If there are no concerns with sperm quality then it should be be fine to attempt a standard IVF cycle with insemination of the eggs. Insemination involves allowing sperm to naturally penetrate the egg. If there are concerns about the sperm or maybe a previous IVF cycle has been unsuccessful then some clinics will use Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection(ICSI).
ICSI is an injection technique that has transformed the success of assisted conception treatment. If there are concerns regarding the quality of sperm then this technique directly injects a single sperm into the cytoplasm (jelly like centre) of the egg. This then should allow fertilisation to occur.
Surgical Sperm Recovery (£900-£2500)
Some patients for different reasons will need an operation to recover sperm. Men that have a blockage in the tubes that connects the testicles to the penis or perhaps have had a vasectomy in the past may need this operation. A sperm test will reveal if there is sperm in your ejaculate. A specialist will advise you if sperm is absent(azoospermia) and guide you as to the probability of recovering your sperm surgically. A surgical sperm recovery technique involves a sedation or anaesthetic to allow small needles to pierce different areas of the testicle to collect live sperm, which may then be frozen or used immediately. Prices vary so do check if your anaesthetic fees or freezing costs are included.
Embryo Freezing (£150-£935)
One essential consideration for anyone using an IVF clinic is the possibility that embryos may need to be frozen as part of the process. If many embryos of good quality are achieved then this may be recommended to you by your specialist.Always plan ahead and prepare to freeze your embryos if required as this cost can add to your overall spend. Most clinics charge per annum for this service but always check first.
IVF Drugs (£800-£2000)
The drugs used in an IVF cycle is a significant variable that will affect your overall costs in a clinic. Traditionally patients that are predicted to be poor responders with a low ovarian reserve (low AMH blood level) will require much higher doses of stimulation drugs to encourage their eggs to grow. This is still the case in most clinics in the UK and equally if your ovarian reserve is very high (high AMH blood level) then lower stimulation drug doses are used.
The costs of IVF drugs is in addition to the different treatment costs outlined here so you must consider this factor as costs vary in clinics, and some IVF clinics charge much higher prices for medication than others. The costs of IVF drugs in general though may add an extra £1000-2000 to your treatment costs. The use of IVF drugs is even more confusing than ever as this traditional approach to IVF drugs is changing.
IVF clinics may offer a gentler approach with ‘Mild’ IVF treatment cycles widely available to patients, using low doses of stimulation drugs. This may seem an attractive option as it will often mean spending less money on IVF drugs. However, it is important to discuss with your specialist as this milder approach could affect your success rates and egg yields may be reduced compared to more traditional methods.
IVF clinics also nowadays offer ‘Natural’ IVF which in its purest form is essentiallyIVF without using any stimulation drugs at all. This must be carefully considered as some patients may be better suited to a traditional approach. The milder and natural treatment cycles can be used specifically for certain types of patients but also can impact on success rates so always discuss this with your specialist.