When a couple is experiencing infertility, they may consider In Vitro Fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF. But as they begin to weigh the pros and cons of this procedure, they may begin to wonder, how expensive is IVF?
As Resolve.org shows, there are currently only 15 states requiring insurance coverage for IVF, meaning most U.S. couples will be reaching for their wallet if they choose to pursue this treatment. In an article for Forbes, Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy shared her experience navigating the financial side of infertility. Her personal expenses aligned with the national average of $12,000 for one cycle of IVF, with additional costs shooting that number up to around $20,000. For couples just beginning to explore IVF, these numbers can be intimidating. Where exactly will all these hard earned dollars be going?
Before prospective parents begin the process of joining egg and sperm outside the body, the United States National Library of Medicine’swebsitesuggests understanding what is involved in making in vitro possible. This will help them get a better idea of not only what may lies ahead, but also understand why the expense can be so steep.
To gain a clearer understanding to how the overall cost of IVF breaks down, I reached out to Beth McAvey, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. She categorizes expenses into four categories, to help patients make sense of each expenditure. Here is what you can expect to spend if IVF is in your future.