As we said above, the cost of IVF ranges from $12,000 to $15,000 per IVF cycle, and with medication, that amount can add up to $16,000 to $25,000 each round. A cycle is typically defined as a single egg retrieval and all the embryos that result from that retrieval. Costs can increase even further if you opt for common add-ons, such as genetic testing of the embryos—to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Most women go through three IVF cycles before having a viable pregnancy, but many others require up to six cycles, per a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This of course adds up, which can put pressure on couples to implant more than one embryo per cycle in order to increase their success rate (which can lead to multiple births, according to the Mayo Clinic).
But there are more costs to consider, says Nieves. For one thing, travel may be required for treatment. And some people might need to take time off work that could result in potential lost wages. “Depending on the unique fertility challenges of the patient and their partner, the treatment path, prescribed medications and the costs can be very different,” says Nieves.