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.
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.
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.