Nearly 1 in 6 couples suffer from infertility. What was once an extremely stressful & disappointing event, is now much less of a tragedy and more of an inconvenience - largely due to the successes & proliferation of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). What was once a fringe, experimental therapy now gives women chances of up to 77% of pregnancy.

The American Pregnancy Organization defines IVF as the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus.

While it’s a routine procedure nowadays around the world, costs to obtain and use IVF range wildly from country to country and sometimes city to city. Let’s dig into these costs in the United Kingdom.

IVF Costs in the UK

UK’s informational and medical organization, http://mumsnet.com provides information about IVF procedures, information, resources, options if IVF fails and a host of other material.  They report if you aren't eligible for IVF treatment at NHS, the cost in the UK is usually around £5,000 per cycle of treatment depending on variations at different clinics and specific IVF treatment.

They offer details to find costs through local IVF clinics to determine Human Fertilization and/or Embryology Authority information as well as provide information which states if the IVF is unsuccessful and the patient has to repeat multiple IVF cycles, the clinics do offer discounts.

Free IVF On The NHS

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has fertility guidelines which make recommendations on qualifications to receive IVF treatments through NHS in England and Wales.  However, there are individual NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that make final decisions about who can have NHS funded IVF and their criteria are firmer than NICE.  To help guide you in NICE’s criteria factors we have listed them below:

  • Women >40 are offered up to three cycles of IVF treatment on NHS if they have been trying to get pregnant for two years of unprotected sex.
  • The patient has not been able to get pregnant after twelve cycles of artificial insemination (AF) - in other words, you have to try AF first.
  • You can turn 40 during the IVF treatment however further cycles of the treatment will not be covered.
  • If preliminary testing shows IVF is the only treatment which will help you conceive, you will be referred immediately for IVF.

If a woman is between the ages of 40 – 42, they will be offered 1 cycle of IVF if the following criteria are met:

  • Women between 40-42 should be offered up to three IVF treatment on NHS if they have been trying to get pregnant for two years of unprotected sex.
  • The patient has not been able to get pregnant after twelve cycles of artificial insemination (AF) -in other words, you have to try AF first.
  • This is the first time they are having IVF.
  • The women still have an ovarian reserve (in other words, they still have eggs in their ovaries).
  • The women have been told about the additional complications and implications of IVF due to their age.
  • If preliminary testing shows IVF is the only treatment which will help you conceive, you will be referred immediately for IVF.

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Private IVF Costs

If a woman is not eligible for NHS IVF treatment, they can receive IVF at a private clinic but depending on the clinic they may ask for your GP’s referral.  The cost ranges depending on the clinic but the average cost is £5,000 or more.  That does not include additional costs for medicines, consultations and/or tests.

Cheapest IVF In The UK

There are private clinics that offer IVF for cheaper rates.  One such private clinic in multiple locations is the Affordable IVF Treatment Experts.  They offer one complete and inclusive IVF package at £2,500.

Average Cost Of IVF In The UK

The average cost for IVF treatment in the UK ranges from £2,500 - £5,000+. However, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manchester you can get IVF for £2,999. There are some additional charges if something out of the norm is needed such as an additional charge for sperm at £650, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection at £999, or drug protocol per patient from £690-£1,570. But most remaining services are provided free of charge.

Costs of IVF Treatment Abroad

The Fertility Treatment Abroad website offers an amazing range of countries, IVF treatment costs, and resources for anyone to review and consider.  They also offer some helpful advice which should be taken into account at the beginning of your country abroad research for IVF treatment. It includes:

  • Is IVF treatment legal in the country you are considering?
  • Is having IVF treatment legal for your age?
  • Are their laws in the country which state who they can and cannot treat?
  • Can you easily access transportation when needed in the country for IVF treatment?
  • What type of IVF regulation is in place?
  • Do they provide anonymity for donors?
  • Is the cost of IVF treatment in the country affordable and within your budget?

The costs for IVF treatment for the below countries are:

  • Czech Republic – £2264 with your egg and £4650 donor egg.  At the Czech Republic’s Zlin Clinic in Prague has a package cost of £1950 with your egg and £4500 with a donor egg.
  • Spain – £4693 with your egg and £7000 donor egg.  Spain’s Instituto Bernabeu in Alicante is £4150 with your egg and £7290 with a donor egg.
  • Cyprus at the Dogus IVF Centre averages £3350 and at the Kolan British IVF Centre is £3350 with your egg and £5250 with egg donation.
  • Norway - £3248 including traveling.
  • Poland – £2404 including traveling and at the INVICTA Clinic in Wroclaw, Poland it is £1625 with your egg and £1725 with egg donation.
  • India - £3415 including traveling.
  • Denmark at Vitanova in Copenhagen - £3040.

Other Costs Of Private IVF

  • Donor sperm – ranges from £470 in Poland to £3100 in the UK.
  • Egg Donation – ranges from £2386 in the Czech Republic to £7795 in a private clinic in the UK.
  • IVF Drugs – ranges from £470 in Spain to £1000 in the UK.
  • Travel costs – ranges from included in the IVF treatment package in Poland to UK travel to a specific clinic package of £585.
  • Blood tests – ranges from included in the IVF treatment package in Poland to £585 in the UK.

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