By Andrea Rodrigo BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 10/01/2015

Artificial insemination stands for a lox-complexity assisted reproductive technology (ART), which translates into low costs if compared to more sophisticated fertility treatments.

By combining artificial insemination with sperm donation, even the most severe cases of male infertility can be addressed, but it is also indicated for lesbian couples and single women. It should be clear that this technique can only be performed as long as the woman is not suffering from any fertility problem.

The cost of a basic artificial insemination cycle reaches $800 approximately (using the partner’s sperm). However, in case donor sperm is required, prices generally increase according to the following factors:

  • Fertility clinic
  • Type of insemination: intracervical (ICI) or intrauterine (IUI)
  • Specific features of the sperm donation process

Types of artificial insemination

Depending on the part of the female reproductive system where the sperm is placed, we can distinguish between different types of artificial insemination. Most common artificial insemination types performed within the USA are the ones listed below:

  • Intracervical insemination (ICI): non-capacitated spermatozoa are directly inserted into the cervix, as would happen when engaging into sexual intercourse.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): the sperm is placed into the uterine cavity.

Typically, IUI counts on higher success rates because, when inserted, the sperm are located closer to the egg. Besides, in the case of ICI, sperm capacitation is not performed, whereas for IUI it is previously processed.

For all the reasons mentioned above, semen samples are more expensive in some clinics or sperm banks if IUI instead of ICI is used. While ICI cost ranges thereby from $350 to $500, the price of IUI is usually $490- $620.

Donor identifiable personal information

The afore mentioned prices correspond to anonymous sperm donation. But it should be taken into account that getting personal information about the donor himself is allowed in the USA. Therefore, the more private this information is, the higher the cost of the treatment will be.

Nevertheless, there is also the option known as “open donor”, which means the donor-conceived individual will have the chance to get donor identifiable personal information when she or he is 18 or older. If this is the chosen option, the price of the semen sample will amount to $500-$700 in the case of IUI and $400-$600 for ICI.

If you want to find out about the donor’s physical appearance or get information about his education level, medical history or even pictures, you will have to pay an additional cost that ranges from $100 to $300 depending on how private this data is.

Sperm storage

Sperm shipping and storage fees (if necessary) are not included in the above mentioned donor insemination prices.

Between $100 and $200 for sperm shipping and delivery from the sperm bank to the clinic or the patient’s home should be added as well. However, this cost should be taken into account in case you resort to a sperm bank, and not in case you use your fertility clinic’s own sperm donor database.

As for storing the semen sample, if you want to “book”, i.e. store a semen sample of the same donor for future treatments—in cases of failure of the treatment or if you want to have another baby—a deposit of USD 200-2,500 should be paid. The exact amount will depend on how long we want to keep the sample stored.

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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. susan0i3

      I disagree with IUI because I think sperm capacitation is even less natural than at-home artificial insemination for example… Me and my partner (we are a lesbian couple) have decided to use AID but we don’t want to undergo IUI because it’s totally “unreal”, what do you think?

      • Sandra FernándezBA, MA

        Dear susan0i3,

        The patient has always the last word; however, there are some recommendations that you should bear in mind. For example, at-home artificial insemination success rates are not as high as those of IUI. And this has to do with sperm capacitation, since only high-quality embryos are chosen and placed into the uterus during the woman’s most fertile days.

        Thanks for getting involved.