DRAFT – What Costs Are Included Or Excluded In An IVF Cycle

Identifying IVF Cycle Fees

It is only fair that patients should know the cost of an IVF cycle before they commit to it. However, it is complicated to forecast the cost because a cycle can progress in a variety of different ways. In addition, clinics have different philosophies on how they advertise their costs and what “add-ons” they advise their patients to add. Here at Concept, our philosophy is to keep things simple; we rarely advise patients to take any add-ons because we think they are usually not necessary, not proven, or are unlikely to improve the final result. We appreciate that patients, after a failed cycle elsewhere, often want to know what else they can do to improve their chances but often the best advice is to understand the statistics and try another simple cycle, rather than pay for a selection of expensive, irrelevant, extras. This allows us to give a reasonably accurate forecast of the total cost of an IVF cycle at Concept.

 

The IVF cycle fee includes:

The bold items in the “included” list are the items that other clinics often charge for in addition to the cycle fee. The bold items in the “excluded” list are ones which we almost always charge in addition to the cycle fee. Note that the “excluded” list is not exhaustive and other clinics may add a variety of additional chargeable items.

  • •                    Nurse planning and consents talk.
  • •                    Counselling session (optional, unless advised by your doctor)
  • •                    Medical and clinical guidance and support throughout
  • •                    All monitoring ultrasound scans throughout the cycle.
  • •                    All monitoring blood tests throughout the cycle (including progesterone levels at embryo transfer stage).
  • •                    Egg collection procedure.
  • •                    Embryology lab procedures and cycle embryo transfer.
  • •                    QHCG blood test 2 weeks after embryo transfer
  • •                    Blastocyst culture of embryos, where appropriate.
  • •                    Follow-up consultation or 6-week pregnancy scan.

The IVF cycle fee excludes:

  • Prior to the cycle:

  • •                    Viral screening
  • •                    Additional procedures (e.g. endometrial scratch)
  • During the cycle:

  • •                    Medications
  • •                    Sedation Fee
  • •                    HFEA fee
  • •                    ICSI, if required
  • •                    Assisted Hatching, if required
  • After the cycle:

  • •                    Embryo Freezing (for any embryos not transferred)
  • •                    Storage Fees (for any embryos not transferred)
  • •                    Subsequent Frozen Embryo Transfer Cycles
  • •                    Any further investigations or treatments during or between cycles

What is the definition of a “cycle”?

It is important to know this when looking at costs because anything outwith a cycle is usually charged as an additional item. A cycle starts on “day 1” which is when menstruation starts, and lasts until the day of embryo/blastocyst transfer (or the day eggs or embryos are frozen, or the cycle abandoned). Freezing and storing sperm, eggs or embryos always bears an additional cost.

 

Estimate of the total cost of a cycle

 IVF cycle fee £3,350
 Sedation fee (in addition to the IVF fee)  £230
 HFEA fee (in addition to the IVF fee)  £80
 ICSI fee (in addition to the IVF fee), if necessary  £750

 Medications usually cost

 between £500 and £1,350
 Total projected cost of a cycle at Concept:    Between £4,160 and £5,760