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IVF Cost Abroad – 2022 Guide

Please keep in mind that the advertised treatment costs may differ significantly from reality. It happens for many reasons, one of which is the fact that each IVF clinic aims to present itself as the most affordable and competitive one in the market. Patients very often compare the treatment costs of various clinics. On the other hand, IVF treatment is always very individual and it may happen that it will be necessary for you to undergo additional tests, take additional medicines or have other lab techniques or procedures administered. These are the unpredictable aspects of IVF treatment but they are sure to happen. From this point of view, comparing the costs of different clinics seems to make no sense.

However, one thing is true: although you are not able to specify the total treatment costs precisely, there are some price elements that will give an overall view of price levels at your chosen IVF clinic.

IVF cost abroad vs. guarantees

IVF Clinics more and more often offer programs with various types of “guarantees” or inclusions. In some cases, this makes it easier to estimate the total cost of treatment. Below you’ll find examples of “guarantees” and inclusions you may find in clinics’ offers:

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  • A minimum number of oocytes from the donor – for egg donation programs (e.g. 6 fresh oocytes from a donor or 8 frozen oocytes from the donor).
  • Minimum number of embryos (day 3 or day 5)* – usually for egg donation programs (e.g. clinic may guarantee min 2 embryos in blastocyst stage – day 5)
    * Please note that qualification based on the partner’s sperm will be necessary to obtain such a guarantee
  • IVF programs with all basic consultations, medications (even for stimulation protocol), laboratory techniques, embryo transfer – as a single flat rate package – “All Inclusive”.
  • Shared risk /refund package / money-back guarantee IVF – IVF refund program or “IVF money-back guarantee” – usually 2-4 IVF cycles are included in the package – a refund may be up to 100% in case there is no outcome expected – the expected outcome in IVF refund guarantee programs may be: a clinical pregnancy or live birth. Taking advantage of IVF refund programs requires qualification on the basis of the conditions developed by the clinic.

IVF costs abroad – comparison

IVF costs abroad are different as per country and treatment type. You may find significant cost differences between clinics in the same country which makes the “decision making” process even more difficult. You will find the IVF cost range comparison below grouped by IVF treatment type and popular IVF destinations abroad.

IVF with own eggs cost abroad

The most affordable destination for IVF with own eggs are the Czech Republic and Poland where the costs range from €2,100 to €3,500 whereas Spain and Portugal are the most expensive with a cost ranging from €3,600 to even €6,700.

IVF own eggs average cost abroad comparison
IVF cost in Spain€3,600 - €6,700
IVF cost in Czech Republic€2,100 - €3,500
IVF cost in Greece€2,500 - €3,500
IVF cost in North Cyprus€2,500 - €3,000
IVF cost in Portugal€4,000 - €4,600
IVF cost in Ukraine€2,500 - €3,200
IVF cost in Latvia€2,200 - €3,600
IVF cost in Poland€2,200 - €2,500
IVF cost in Denmark€3,300 - €4,500
IVF cost in Russia €2,300 - €2,900

Egg donation IVF costs abroad

Egg donation costs in popular countries range from €4,000 – €5,500 in Russia and Ukraine (the cheapest destinations) to €5,900 – €8,500 in Spain and Denmark (the most expensive destinations). Egg donation IVF abroad is not only about treatment costs as there are different legal regulations and egg donor availability that have to be taken into consideration.

Egg donation average cost abroad comparison
Egg donation cost in Spain€5,900 - €8,500
Egg donation cost in Czech Republic€4,300 - €5,500
Egg donation cost in Greece€4,200 - €6,000
Egg donation cost in North Cyprus€4,500 - €5,000
Egg donation cost in Portugal€6,300 - €7,300
Egg donation cost in Ukraine€4,600 - €5,500
Egg donation cost in Latvia€6,000- €7,200
Egg donation cost in Poland€5,200 - €6,000
Egg donation cost in Denmark€7,000 - €8,300
Egg donation cost in Russia €4,000 - €4,800

Embryo donation costs abroad

Embryo donation in popular IVF destinations ranges from €1,400 to €5,000. Please be aware of the availability of donated embryos – as there may be “waiting lists” in some countries.

Please note, that “embryo donation” means that you will get embryos from patients who underwent the IVF procedure. Sometimes the term “embryo donation” is confused with a “double donation” term, where the embryos are “created” from donor oocytes using sperm from the donor.

Embryo donation average cost abroad comparison
Embryo donation cost in Spain€3,000 - €5,000
Embryo donation cost in Czech Republic€2,200 - €3,500
Embryo donation cost in Greece€3,500 - €6,000
Embryo donation cost in North Cyprus€5,500 - €6,000
Embryo donation cost in Portugal€2,000 - €2,400
Embryo donation cost in Ukraine€1,500 - €2,200
Embryo donation cost in Latvia€4,000 - €4,500
Embryo donation cost in Poland€1,400 - €2,000
Embryo donation cost in Denmarknot available
Embryo donation cost in Russia €2,000 - €2,800

Egg freezing (social freezing) costs abroad

Egg freezing costs abroad (in Europe) range from €1,600 to €4,700. Please note that the stimulation medications and “long-term” oocytes banking are not included.

Egg freezing average cost abroad comparison
Egg freezing cost in Spain€3,500 - €4,700
Egg freezing cost in Czech Republic€2,000- €3,000
Egg freezing cost in Greece€2,500 - €3,000
Egg freezing cost in North Cyprus€2,500 - €2,700
Egg freezing cost in Portugal€2,700 - €3,300
Egg freezing cost in Ukraine€2,100 - €2,500
Egg freezing cost in Latvia€2,000 - 2,600
Egg freezing cost in Poland€1,600 - 2,200
Egg freezing cost in Denmark€3,200 - €3,800
frozen oocytes can be stored for maximum 5 years
Egg freezing cost in Russia €2,100 - €2,500

IVF for same-sex female couples costs abroad (ROPA)

ROPA technique used for same-sex female couples IVF range on average from €4,700 to €7,000. There are not many countries allowing legally this technique. Span, Portugal and Denmark are very popular and well recognized in terms of using the ROPA technique.

IVF for same sex female couples (ROPA) average cost abroad comparison
ROPA cost in Spain€5,000 - €7000
ROPA cost in Czech Republicnot available
ROPA cost in Greecenot available
ROPAcost in North Cyprusnot available
ROPA cost in Portugal€4,700 - €5,500
ROPA cost in Ukrainenot available
ROPA cost in Latvianot available
ROPA cost in Polandnot available
ROPA cost in Denmark€5,000 - €7,800
ROPA cost in Russia not available

IVF costs abroad may be higher than expected​

When analysing different IVF clinics’ offers, always pay attention to the cost of:

  • a medical consultation with a doctor and basic scans and tests required before the IVF cycle
  • IVF programme with all the basic in vitro lab procedures, including the minimum: hormonal stimulation, egg retrieval, sperm collection and preparation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo culture until day 5 and fresh embryo transfer;​
  • you may also be interested in sperm freezing – just in case if semen parameters are not satisfactory enough on the day of the egg retrieval – it’s good practice to freeze the sperm sample once it has good parameters
  • stimulation medications – although it is generally difficult to precisely predict total medication costs at the beginning of the IVF treatment; ​
  • for IVF program with donor eggs – including all donor eggs, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo culture until the blastocyst stage and day 5 embryo transfer;​ make sure that donor compensation and donor stimulation medicines are included in the total cost of the treatment
  • frozen embryo transfer​ (FET)

Please note: If you decide to use an egg donor database from an external donor bank – it will increase the overall costs of the treatment as you will need to pay extra for: donor oocytes plus shipment. Usually, donor oocytes from a donor bank are billed on the basis of a number of frozen oocytes ordered – often sold as sets of 4, 6 or 8 oocytes.

The average cost of an egg donor’s oocyte from an external egg bank may range between 250-450 per single frozen oocyte.

Only when you learn all the above costs, you will be able to more or less predict the price level of services provided by the IVF clinic of your choice.

IVF treatment quality is a key​

In the case of IVF Clinics, the key is always the quality of treatment – and thus the effects that you can expect. Unfortunately, reproductive medicine is an area where there are still many things that doctors do not understand. This is one of the reasons why some patients fail to get pregnant after the first, second or even a few IVF attempts. That’s why the quality and experience of the fertility centre in which you are being treated can be of great importance.

Remember that usually experience and quality go hand in hand with higher costs of the IVF treatment. Because of that, very cheap clinics should always be treated with limited trust and confidence. Unfortunately, a very cheap offer (and your savings the same time!) always result from the low costs of conducting medical activities – and thus from how the clinic works.

Very cheap IVF clinics should always be treated with limited trust and confidence.

Of course, there are exceptions – but can you afford to search for such exceptions while you are struggling to become parents? Unfortunately, usually, patients experience the consequences of their choice first-hand as it is difficult to find trusted sources that can clearly determine whether a given clinic is good or bad.

Also, remember that in each clinic there are patients who do not complete IVF treatment successfully. Despite that, some clinics are able to make sure that these patients’ treatment experience is nothing but good. Of course, it is impossible to satisfy a patient who has invested a lot of money ineffectively. However, the IVF clinic can still prove that its team has done their best but the success of the program was probably beyond the possibilities of medicine.

Cheap IVF abroad

For sure if you seek cheap IVF or even the cheapest IVF options abroad – you will find the package you will be happy with – at least in terms of the IVF costs. However, you need to consider if the “cheapest” option is the most convenient one – in terms of the IVF treatment outcomes.

Cheapest IVF abroad vs expensive IVF abroad

If you are wondering which clinic to choose in a given country – and your immediate criterion is the budget – always choose clinics that are above the national average cost of treatment. In this way, the chances are that you will find a clinic that offers both good treatment effectiveness and good patient care. Cheapest IVF clinics have to cut the costs to keep the overall IVF cost low – which may be a reason behind poor IVF success rates or poor patient care service.

Cheap IVF clinics and the quality of treatment​

Remember that when it comes to IVF treatment, cheap never means good. Of course, bargains may happen, but, to be honest, very rarely. A professional IVF clinic, which is focused on the quality of treatment, requires appropriate financial resources. Such a clinic should have an experienced team of doctors, embryologists, midwives / nurses and people helping to organise the entire treatment process. Equipping the clinic, including doctors’ offices and an embryological laboratory, is expensive. There are many elements in the IVF clinic on which you can save, but this usually does not go hand in hand with the quality and effectiveness of treatment.

IVF costs in popular destinations in Europe​

We present costs as a value range price and not as the average. When analysing the clinics’ offers and the differences resulting from the costs of individual medical procedures and the way the offer is presented (e.g. a one–time fee package), it is very difficult to determine the average cost for a given country. Therefore, we decided to present the data on costs as a minimum/maximum cost range in a given country.

Please note: Presented costs include the basic elements of IVF programs. However, there are always additional expenses that should be counted in, such as qualification processes, medications, extra medical procedures, as well as flights and accommodation.

You may find detailed information about egg donation cost in popular destinations at EggDonationFriends.com – where you’ll also find out more about egg donation options in Europe.

If you’re interested in general IVF treatment options we encourage you to read our IVF treatment abroad section at FertilityRoad.com

IVF program costs​

Do not forget that price offers clinics share with public may not always include all the important additional services. In order to know beforehand what you’re getting into, always check if there are not any shortcuts or hidden extras. It is definitely worth enquiring if the presented price contains the following components:

  • the donor’s fee, her medications and screening (if you’re interested in egg donation)​
  • qualification tests (woman and the partner)​
  • medications for stimulation protocol, before and after the embryo transfer​
  • egg retrieval​
  • sperm collection, sperm preparation and sperm freezing if necessary​
  • ICSI or any other IVF procedures you need​
  • transfer of blastocysts​
  • vitrification (freezing) and storage of embryos/blastocysts​

Make sure to ask your clinic of choice about ALL the costs included in their price quote!

Aleksander Wiecki
Aleksander Wiecki
Aleksander is an advocate of transparency and truth about IVF treatment and patients’ experience manager. With strong expertise and background in the IVF and infertility industry including IVF clinics and genetic laboratories Aleksander strongly believes that there is a gap between IVF patients and clinics. This is a gap where patients may fall for the most common IVF treatment traps during their infertility journey. That’s why patients need help and support which they don’t necessarily get from IVF clinics. The support which comes from an objective, trustworthy and reliable source. Aleksander is a regular guest at ESHRE annual meetings, the Fertility Show in London, the Fertility Forum, the IMTJ - Medical Travel Summit, Fertility Exhibitions and conferences around the world.

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