Consistently above the national birth rate average in all measured categories*

Cost of IVF? $7500 + Medications. How Do We Do It?

Cost of IVF

IVF FOR $7500 + Medications, It Makes No Sense to Pay More

This includes all exams, ultrasounds, egg retrieval, sperm injection,  culture of embryos, and embryo transfer.  It does not include medications and lab tests. If you have Extra embryos they can be frozen for $600 (includes 1-year storage). There is no reason you should be spending twenty thousand dollars or more for IVF!!

Fertility Partnership has been ranked a #1 Program for live birth rates according to the CDC Data in the prior years report. We are not always number one but we always have excellent success rates that are above national averages despite being less than half the cost of most programs. 

Why are we so successful and how do we do it consistently year after year at less than half the cost?

First, you should know that this is a battle I have been fighting for years; to bring down costs of IVF. I invite you to read an article about my efforts in Newsweek, 2010.   The difficulty was finding the correct price point for our services without affecting the quality and our success rates. I knew if we lowered cost we would need to increase the volume of patients and I did not want it to affect the quality or the culture of our office which is very warm and caring. I believe that we have that price point. We have more than doubled our patients and have seen the success rates not change. 

Many people simply can not afford IVF and fall prey to gimmicks that supposedly offer a better value. Some clinics offer “shared risk programs”. That is where you pay for more than a round of IVF upfront and are given certain assurances that you will have a successful outcome. There are even promises or guarantees to return money if all attempts failed. We decided against this practice because it felt gimmicky and ultimately just increases the “profit” made by clinics. The casino feel was a turn off to us. We will just do our best at the lowest cost to patients.

So what about “Mini/Micro IVF”? We followed the reported data on low dose protocols and the consensus is that they do not offer much or any advantage.  The published success rates show that  “Mini/Micro IVF” is much less successful than traditional IVF. Although may have a place for women with very low egg reserve it has not been shown to be advantageous. Look at it this way, any doctor can use “Mini/Micro IVF” but so few offer it. Yet, some doctors (although very few) offer this, luring people into believing they are getting a good deal.

So what’s the answer? How do you lower the cost of in vitro fertilization?

The answer is by doing just that, lowering the cost of in vitro fertilization. I believe that physicians need to lower their expectations of what they will ”earn”  from each cycle and be prepared to provide treatment to the increased number of couples who will seek care as it becomes more affordable. We are only taking care of a fourth of the patients in the USA who require in vitro fertilization and all that goes with it. Clinics need to just lower their prices and roll up their sleeves to work harder and provide good care for more people.




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4 Responses
  1. Hello Dr. Elan, such an useful blog you have shared here! I truly feel so glad to read all this knowledge about the awareness of IVF. Nowadays lifestyle issues which lead to problems of infertility. Just want to ask you Is IVF Procedure Painful?

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Dr Quinn,

      Thank you for following my blog. If you would like to contact me here in St. Louis Missouri feel free.
      I am a great admirer of your work with HTF. 30 years ago I worked with Dr. Lippes.

  2. Ariel

    Hi my name is Ariel. Looking into IVF. My tubes were tied back in 2008. My husband and I now desire to have a baby together of our own. No health issues, but recently had my Left kidney removed for a Living donor. Is it still possible to do IVF?

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      so proud of you for donating a kidney. Yes you most certainly may do IVF. We would keep an eye in your renal function and make sure not to over stimulate you.

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