IVF and Egg Donation Costs – Worldwide Map

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The costs of an IVF treatment using the patient’s own eggs differ greatly between countries – from €2,500 in the cheapest destinations such as India, through an average of €4,500  in Europe, up to €15,000 in the United States. Egg donation programs are even more expensive – around €3,500  in India, €6,000 in Europe, up to even €30,000  in the United States.

Many patients choosing to undergo IVF procedures abroad base their decision on lower treatment costs. Others choose to seek treatment abroad because of a lack of access to certain procedures or techniques in their country of origin. Whatever your reasons are, you’d surely like to know how much IVF will cost you and what the financial differences are between different countries. Oftentimes patients don’t know what to expect cost-wise in certain countries, while advertised prices differ greatly from the real costs of treatment.

IVF and Egg Donation Cost in Europe

The costs for IVF treatment in Europe differ from country to country. The cheapest procedures can be found in Eastern Europe – in countries like the Czech Republic or Poland, where prices range from €2,500 to €3,500  if you undergo treatment with your own eggs, or €4,200 to €5,000 in case of donor egg treatment. Ukraine and Russia are a bit more pricy, with own egg treatments starting at €3,500, or €5,000  for donor egg IVF.

IVF treatment with own eggs cost map

IVF treatment with own eggs cost in Europe

Another popular option is Cyprus and Greece, where the costs range between €3,500- €4,000 and €5,500- €6,000 for own egg and donor egg treatment, respectively. The most expensive destination in Europe is Spain – there, an own egg treatment will run you around €4,500 on average, while a donor egg treatment costs around €6,500. Despite this fact, Spain remains one of the most popular choices for IVF treatment; the high availability of eggs from donors of many different races being one of the main reasons for it.

IVF egg donation treatment cost in europe map

IVF egg donation cost in Europe

Why patients choose Europe for IVF treatment:

  • Most clinics enjoy a good reputation
  • High IVF treatment success rates
  • Large selection of donors
  • Most countries place strong regulations on IVF treatment
  • Low treatment costs
Average cost IVF egg donation

Average cost of IVF egg donation in Europe

Average treatment cost IVF with own eggs

Average treatment cost of IVF with own eggs in Europe

IVF and Egg Donation Cost in the UK

The costs of IVF treatment in the UK are relatively high – around 6,000 GBP (or €7,000 ) per cycle. In case of an egg donor treatment, the costs rise to around 9,000 GBP ( €10,500 ). A lot of patients decide to participate in egg donation programs abroad, because in the UK the treatment is not anonymous; there is also a rather small selection of donors available.

You may be interested in reading: Egg Donation in the UK – costs, law and availability

IVF procedures are regulated differently in different European countries. Some destinations, such as Poland and the Czech Republic don’t offer IVF treatments for single women. There are also some restrictions on the maximum age of the patient – for example, Spain doesn’t allow treating women who are over the age of 50, limiting access to procedures for older patients.

IVF and Egg Donation Cost in USA and Mexico

The average costs for IVF treatment in the United States is around €13,000  (€25,000 for egg donation) – while its southern neighbour offers procedures at around €4,000 (€6,000 for egg donation). This staggering difference in costs is what makes Mexico and Europe attractive destination for American patients.

However, there is still a group of patients that choose the US despite the high costs of treatment. There are many reasons for it, chief among them being the very liberal egg donation regulations, the high success rate and the wide – largest in the world, in fact – selection of donors. Additionally, IVF treatment is offered to homosexual couples and single women. Additionally, patients in the US are offered more information on donors when compared to Europe: you can see the donor’s photo, read information about their education, skills and hobby.

IVF and Egg Donation Cost in India

Another interesting choice is India. Attractive costs (ranging from around €2,500 for own egg treatment and around €3,500 for egg donation) make it an interesting alternative for Europe, especially for patients interested in using their own eggs. However, the situation gets more complicated when it comes to egg donation – due to the ethnic makeup of the country, most eggs come from donors with an Indian background. Because of the lack of availability of white donors, egg donation treatments are rather limited for patients from Europe.

We have prepared a special report for patients which collects information about the costs, the success rates and the legal restrictions in countries offering IVF treatment. You can learn more about the popular destinations among other patients seeking IVF treatment:
IVF Egg Donation Abroad – 9 most popular destinations

IVF costs – how to calculate them?

When presenting the average costs of IVF treatments above, we considered own egg treatment consisting of the retrieval of egg cells, insemination of eggs using the ICSI method, developing the embryo to the blastocyst stage and embryo transfer. Keep in mind that this does not include the cost of hormonal stimulation medication which can run you around €1,000- €1,500, as well as additional procedures that can be performed in an embryological laboratory in order to raise the odds of a successful pregnancy.

In case of egg donation programs, the costs include the donor egg cells, including the hormonal stimulation medication for the donor, ICSI insemination of the egg, developing the embryo to the blastocyst stage and embryo transfer.

Additional IVF cost to keep in mind

No matter the qualifying costs and whichever additional lab work you choose to perform, there’s another element to consider while calculating the costs of IVF treatment – the transfer of frozen embryos. Why? If your IVF treatment fails, but additional embryos were generated and frozen, you have the option of unfreezing and using them during your next cycle. That allows you to skip starting a completely new IVF program, saving you time and money. However, it needs to be pointed out that clinics usually don’t include the cost of frozen embryo transfer in their overall costs. IVF programs also carry with them the risk of stopping at the embryo transfer stage, if medical reasons prevent a successful implantation or if the recipient’s uterus isn’t correctly prepared to receive the embryo. In that case all your embryos become frozen, while the transfer gets rescheduled – which means you will receive a frozen embryo transfer, which carries an additional cost.

The cost of frozen embryo transfers varies depending on the country – from €200 to €400 in cheaper destinations such as India, €450 to €1,800 in Europe, and up to $6,000 USD in the United States. These costs don’t include freezing the embryos – oftentimes this cost is included in the IVF treatment program.

IVF Programs and additional costs to consider

The averages we discussed so far don’t include the so-called costs of qualifying for IVF treatment, or the medical testing of the couple before the procedures begin. Depending on the program, the couple will be asked to perform certain medical tests which will allow them to proceed with the treatment, including infection and hormonal testing, diagnostic hysteroscopy, semen and genetic testing (for example karyotype and CFTR). Depending on the program, these tests can cost anywhere from €350 to €2,000 per couple. These tests can significantly increase the total cost of IVF treatment.

Regardless of the program you choose, depending on your medical history your doctor can recommend additional procedures or tests, such as genetic testing, assisted hatching, pre-implementation genetic screening, embryo monitoring, and others. Unfortunately, all of these additional procedures will have an impact on IVF costs.

IVF Costs vs IVF Success Rates vs IVF Treatment Time

Do IVF costs have a direct impact on the success probability of treatment? It depends. No matter whichever country you choose for your IVF program, you will be able to find clinics which boast their high success rates. As a rule, however, they won’t be the cheapest options in a given country. In Spain, for example, you can find over 200 clinics, around forty of which actively offer treatment to foreigners. Among those clinics there are those which offer egg donor treatment for anywhere between €8,000 and €11,000, but there are also some outliers which offer the same program for €5,500- €6,500. In that case patients often suspect whether the quality of treatment and care is as good as in the more expensive options.

In our opinion, if you decide to choose the cheapest clinic in such a country, you should instead select the most expensive clinic elsewhere, which matches that price bracket. This will increase the probability that you end up at a reputable clinic with a good record and medical staff.

Remember – cheap doesn’t equal good. Sure, sometimes genuinely good deals happen; more often than not, however, they carry a major health risk. You need to ask yourself – considering all the costs and work involved in treating infertility, is adding additional risk factors really worth it to save some money?

IVF Triangle – how not to think about an IVF?

Ask any patient – what, in their opinion, is the most important aspect of IVF treatment? Most of them will answer, without any hesitation, that they want the treatment to be successful. According to our research (of patients who used our service over the last two years) and the information we received from IVF clinics, around 80% of patients ask the following three questions when they contact the clinic for the first time:

  1. What will the IVF treatment cost me?
  2. What are your success rates?
  3. How long does the treatment take?

These questions, of course, are asked in the following context: the cheaper – the better; the higher the success rate – the better; the less personal visits to the clinic during the treatment – the better.

3 questions fot an IVF clinic

3 questions for an IVF clinic that you should ask differently

Unfortunately, as you might have already noticed, these questions are mutually exclusive. Below you will find a visualization of this concept. In short, you can’t have a cheap, fast and effective treatment. If it’s cheap, you can assume it won’t be cheap or fast. If it’s fast, it won’t be effective or cheap. If it’s effective, it won’t be cheap or fast.

  • Low costs equal lower success rates and long treatment
  • High success rates equal long treatments and high costs
  • Short treatment times equal lower success rates and higher costs
IVF Triangle - how to choose the best IVF clinic

IVF Triangle – how to choose the best IVF clinic

In summary, if you base your choice of the clinic on whichever clinic is cheapest and offers the highest success rates and shortest treatment times, consider carefully which of the three parameters is the most important for you.