By Andrea Rodrigo BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 09/23/2015

The cost of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle may vary greatly from clinic to clinic according to the fertilization technique used (IVF-ICSI), in case donor gametes are used, the need to perform a PGD, etc.

The different sections of this article have been assembled into the following table of contents.

What’s included?

Within the US, the cost of an IVF cycle using donor eggs may range from $30,000 to 65,000 depending on the above mentioned aspects. The price usually includes:

  • Financial compensation of the egg donor ($5,000-10,000)
  • Egg donation agency fees ($6,000-8,000)
  • IVF laboratory equipment: culture media, sperm preparation for ART (i.e. sperm washing), retrieving and fertilizing the eggs, blastocyst culture, embryo freezing for 12 months, assisted hatching if necessary… ($18,000-26,000)
  • Treatment for the egg donor: review of medical history, blood tests, medical and psychological assessments, stimulation of ovarian function medications… ($3,000-6,000)
  • Costs for legal counsel, including an attorney for the donor and another one for the intended parents ($1,500)
  • Medical insurance for the donor in case any problem arises ($400-600)
  • Donor’s reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for attending the follicular puncture ($400-1,000)

Besides, there are further additional costs not included in the price, such as: embryo freezing and storing beyond the first year, genetic testing before transferring the embryo (PGD), further frozen embryo transfers (FET), sperm donation

In cases of frozen donor eggs, neither the medications for the recipient ($500-$1,000) nor those for the donor ($2,000-$4,000) are included.

How to cut the cost of egg donation

Within the US, fertility treatments involve high costs, especially when resorting to egg donation is necessary, since this procedure makes the IVF process way more expensive. For this reason. egg donor agencies and fertility clinics from the US offer their patients flexible financing alternatives to make the treatment affordable for everyone.

In some American clinics, there are three different options to choose from as regards egg donation and, of course, the price will vary according to the option chosen:

  • Conventional egg donation.
  • Egg donation shared risk plan: it guarantees that a portion of the money will be returned in case of treatment failure.
  • 100% money back guarantee if no baby is delivered, excluding medical insurance and egg donor fees.

Another cost-cutting plan available is the so-called egg sharing or shared egg donation, which you shall find explained hereunder. It is also worth noting that prices may differ depending on whether fresh or frozen donor eggs are used, being the latter the cheapest option.

Shared egg donation

In every conventional egg donation procedure, usually a recipient is allocated to each donor, which means that all the eggs retrieved from a single donor will be used for the same recipient. Thus, expenses from the egg donor will be fully paid by the recipient.

The main disadvantage of egg sharing is that the number of eggs obtained is lower, reducing therefore the chances of getting viable embryos capable of implanting to the endometrium.

In case you want to drastically reduce the cost of your donor-egg IVF cycle, resorting to shared egg donation or egg sharing is the recommended option.

Egg sharing consists of sharing the eggs of the same donor between more than a single recipient, usually two, or possibly three, recipients, depending on the number of eggs obtained.

Given that synchronization between the cycles of the recipient and the donor is necessary, turning to shared egg donation using fresh eggs becomes rather difficult, because the donor’s cycle should be synchronized with that of all recipients.

By sharing the egg donor between various recipients, the cost of IVF using egg donation can be cut in half.

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Authors and contributors

 Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics. More information
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    1. cheyne suker

      Eggs and sperm are brought together in a laboratory. In the United States a cycle of IVF is costly… Thanks for sharing.

    2. MR.Huang

      I want the surrogacy service. Would you send me more information about it?

      • Sandra FernándezBA, MA

        Dear MR.Huang,

        my advice is that you fill in our form in order to get customized estimates from different clinics according to your age, location, particular situation, etc. You can do it by just clicking the following link: Filling in the form.

        I hope I have been able to help,


    3. Teresa Philips

      Hi everybody,

      My husband and I are considering donor eggs as an option to get pregnant (we’ve been TTC for more than 3 years), but we don’t know what are the prices associated with it and how much is the total bill. And also, what are the failure rates on average?

      Thanks for your kind reply!

      • Sandra FernándezBA, MA

        Dear Teresa,

        As explained in this post, the cost of IVF using donor eggs may vary greatly depending on the info about the donor you’d like to find out, the clinic, the US state, etc. But anyhow prices range from $30,000 to $65,000.

        In case you have further doubts, I invite you to get involved in our “Donation” forum: Success rates for egg and sperm donation in the USA.

        Hope this helps,