By Andrea Rodrigo BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 09/28/2015

When we talk about the cost of fertility treatments in general, it is crucial to bear in mind that we just made approximate calculations. Prices may vary from clinic to clinic and according to each specific case.

Depending on the type of donation and the assisted reproductive technology used, the cost will be greater or lower. When it comes to draft an estimate for donor-sperm IVF, the following aspects should be taken into account:

  • Anonymous, open donor, semi-known, or known donor
  • Information about the donor you want to get
  • Sperm storage

In the case of semi-known donation, choosing the donor according to basic, non-identifiable information such as height, eye or skin color, cultural and academic level, pictures, etc. is possible. Thus, according to the type and the amount of information we want to find out, the price will vary.

Besides, in case you want to freeze and store a seminal sample for future IVF cycles, in case of IVF first attempt failure, or if you want to have another baby, storage implies an additional cost.

Thus, each one of the requirements we ask for regarding the sperm donor should be added to the initial cost of the IVF cycle ($12,000-20,000).

Semen sample costs

Sperm donor semen samples can be requested in the same clinic where the IVF treatment is going to take place as well as in a sperm bank. In the latter case, shipping and delivery fees, which range from $100 to 200, must be added to the costs we mention hereunder.

The cost of a sperm donor semen sample for its use in IVF treatments varies from $250 y $400 per vial in case of choosing anonymous donation. It should be clear that this amounts do not include small incentives derived from getting information, which means we will be shifting from anonymous to semi-known or known sperm donation.

Information about the sperm donor may be more or less detailed according to each clinic and/or sperm donor agency. The following are examples of which would be the fees for some of the info than can be provided under request:

  • Facial features report: $20.00
  • Childhood photo: $25.00
  • Donor profile: $15.00-$25.00
  • Medical profile: $18.00
  • Donor interview: $30.00-$35.00

The cost of sperm vials for IVF in case the chosen arrangement is the so-called open-donor program, where the donor-conceived individual has the chance to get information about his donor from age 18 onwards, ranges from $400 y $600.

Sperm storage

Succeeding after the first IVF try is not easy, even if donor sperm is used. Thus, there is the possibility of storing the same sperm used in the first try for potential future cycles. Also, despite achieving pregnancy after the first attempt, some women and couples choose to store some sperm samples of a unique donor to have the chance of conceiving a second child in the future.

The cost of sperm storage ranges from approximately $70.00 up to $2,500. Given these figures, for instance in case you want to keep a semen sample during a whole month, the price amounts to $70. Likewise, 6 months will cost between $200 and $250, a whole year $400, and so on up until the amount of $2,500, which is the price for storing a semen sample for 10 years.

It should be pointed out that these fees may vary according to the type of storage chosen or the amount of vials kept, among other aspects that should be weighted as well.

Sperm donor compensation

Sperm donor fees are not regulated or established by law: they vary depending on each US state, clinic, donation type, etc.

Be that as it may, the total amount given to the sperm donor shouldn’t be too high or exaggerate, since sperm donation is not intended to be a lucrative business but a non-profit process, that is to say, the economic factor should not be the key motivation behind the donation.

The sperm donor should be compensated due to the waste of time derived from sperm vial delivery as well as for any nuisance caused by the donation itself. If compared to egg donation, sperm donor fees are lower, since sperm donation does not involve any risk of serious harm.

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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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One comment

    1. Christian Montgomery

      I honestly think that it would be way easier if a fixed amount were established, or at least an average price in terms of sperm donor compensation, this way banning exploitation of this type of non-profit. Even if what some people pay to donors is considered to be “representative” and is not thought so save anybody’s life, believe me when I say some people would make a living out of this.