An assisted reproductive technology, or ART for short, is a procedure that assists in the creation of embryos that may be implanted in the uterus or fallopian tubes. From there, the embryos may implant in the uterine lining and develop. In one procedure, the combination of sperm and eggs to create embryos actually takes place inside of the fallopian tubes rather than in a laboratory. It is important to discuss one’s treatment options in detail with a specialist to learn more and get a good idea of what to expect before, during, and after each treatment.
Examples of assisted reproductive technologies include gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is one of the most well-known fertility procedures in the industry. For some, IVF as a term is synonymous with fertility treatment when in fact it is actually one of several ART procedures. Costs vary from one clinic to the next, and can be influenced by a number of factors. Some combine these procedures with ancillary treatments or procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection or preimplantation genetic diagnosis, which can add thousands of dollars to the ultimate price tag of the treatment.
Generally, assisted reproductive technologies cost about $12,000 without any ancillary procedures. This varies, though, with a general price range of $10,000 to $15,000 and higher. If a procedure costs less than $10,000, patients should inquire about the very low price of the treatment, as this is unusual. Some are able to save money on a cycle of IVF by freezing eggs or embryos on a previous cycle. This cuts some of the costs associated with egg retrieval or the combination of the eggs and sperm in the laboratory.
Ultimately, the price of an ART procedure will depend on the number of cycles required before reaching success. The success rate for a single cycle is around 40 to 50% depending on a whole host of factors. Many have an expected success rate much lower than this, especially women who are over 35 years old. It is important to remember when figuring potential costs of the treatment to remember that more than one session may be required. Those who are interested should always seek consultation with a clinic to get a better estimate of a per cycle cost, and to inquire about how they may set up payment plans or reduce costs of future sessions if they are required.