By Andrea Rodrigo BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 08/24/2016

Artificial insemination is one of the simplest, least invasive fertility treatments that can be found nowadays. These characteristics turn it into one of the most affordable methods.

The main reasons why artificial insemination is cheaper than in vitro fertilization (IVF) are:

  • Reduced dose of medications for inducing ovulation
  • No surgical intervention is required
  • Basic instruments to assist the procedure
  • Embryo culture is unnecessary
  • Lower number of follow-ups, ultrasounds and analyses

Single women and lesbian couples wishing to have a baby have no alternative but to use donor sperm. And the same applies in the case of heterosexual couples whose male partner does not meet the minimum requirements to guarantee the success of the fertility treatment.

Cost of donor sperm

Sperm donors should act altruistically, as stated by the Cypriot Law 69 (I)/2015. Even though the sale or purchase of semen samples is forbidden, the law on medically assisted reproduction envisages the possibility of giving a financial compensation to the donor in recognition of the potential travel expenses and time off work derived from the process.

Apart from this compensation, the medical and psychological screening of potential sperm donors, along with the cryopreservation of the semen samples, make the cost slightly higher, regardless of whether the treatment of choice is IUI or IVF.

Thus, the cost of an intrauterine insemination cycle may cost €1,000 approximately. Conversely, when donor sperm is used, the price amounts to €1,500-2,000.

In Cyprus, the overall price for this fertility treatment includes the whole process itself and the semen sample. However, extra fees such as those derived from mild ovarian stimulation or the pre-screening process are not included in general. In the case of international patients, accommodation and travel fees are neither included.

Requirements for artificial insemination

Artificial insemination consists in inserting and placing a semen sample inside the female uterus, waiting for the sperms to travel toward the Fallopian tubes in order for them to make it to the egg and finally fertilize it.

Even if a woman or couple wished to go through this fertility treatment instead of IVF with the purpose of saving time and money, it would not be always possible. In order for an artificial insemination cycle to be successful, the following requirements should be met:

In addition to these aspects, semen samples should be of optimal quality, especially in terms of sperm count and sperm motility. This is not an issue in the case of artificial insemination by donor (AID), as donors must produce high-quality sperm and pass a strict medical and psychological screening process.

Broadly speaking, for artificial insemination the donor’s motile sperm concentration (SMC) should present at least 3-5 million sperm/ml. Nonetheless, this requirement may vary from clinic to clinic.

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Authors and contributors

 Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
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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2 comments

    1. michela moretti

      Hello, is there any kind of discount if it is my brother-in-law who delivers the semen sample for me? I’m interested in Cyprus, from Italy.