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Paying for Parenthood: How Much IVF Really Costs

By Aela Mass |

Paying for Parenthood: The Real Costs of IVF

Raising kids is expensive. In fact, it’s recently been calculated that a middle-class family spends $235,000 raising a child until the age of 18 (not including college!), and if adjusted to the rate of inflation, that number climbs to $295,000 (SOURCE: Investment News).

But for countless couples with fertility issues, there’s an outrageous number that comes into play before the child is even conceived: the price of IVF.

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the average IVF cycle costs just over $12,000 (Source: National Infertility Association). But that figure hardly tells the whole story, because while IVF is seemingly its own self-contained fertility option, it is dependent upon many other factors and procedures. Additionally, that number represents the cost of a single IVF cycle. Since many women do not become pregnant from their first IVF attempt – myself included – we need to undergo numerous cycles, so this number, and all the numbers associated with it, quickly doubles, or triples, or quadruples, or …

So just how much does IVF really cost? Find out after the jump.

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Cost of IVF

Office Visits with Endocrinologist: $200 - $400 Each

First step on the fertility journey is an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). Luckily, many women can see fertility-center nurses and ultrasound technicians for their monthly monitoring after establishing themselves as a patient with the RE, as this will save a wee bit of money. But initial appointments and certain follow-ups require meeting with the RE.
Source: Top Fertility Docs
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Aela Mass

Aela Mass is a lesbian writer and editor living the dream on Martha's Vineyard with her wife, Sara, and their dog, Darla. She miscarried her twins at 17 weeks and has undergone numerous IVF, FET, and IUI cycles. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post among other publications. For more of her work, visit her blog Two Moms Make a Right. Read bio and latest posts → Read Aela's latest posts →

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One thought on “Paying for Parenthood: How Much IVF Really Costs

  1. Lynae says:

    You need a tall, hot, smart friend and a turkey baster! haha (I hope that’s not offensive, that wasn’t my intention.)

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