One of the concerns that many people have about IVF treatment is the cost. Private fertility treatment in the UK can be very expensive, but it is possible to find affordable IVF treatment overseas. Here are some tips to help manage the costs of fertility treatment.
Working Out Your Budget
Even if you go overseas for more affordable IVF treatment, it is still important to consider the costs carefully before deciding if it is right for you. As a general guide, our IVF packages start from about £4000. However, the costs can vary depending on where you have your fertility treatment and the care that you need. You should make sure that you know how much your treatment is expected to cost and how you are going to pay for it.
Some of the questions that you should consider when working out your budget are:
- What if you need more than one round of IVF to get pregnant?
- Will you want to store any extra embryos to use in the future?
- Do you need any additional treatments, such as ICSI?
- Will you need an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate?
You will also need to consider the costs of travel, staying near the fertility clinic and taking time off work (if necessary). However, even with the additional costs of going overseas, it can still be much more affordable to have IVF abroad than to use a private fertility clinic in the UK.
You should make sure that you have a clear idea of how much it will cost to have IVF (including all of the clinic fees and travel costs) before you begin the treatment. If you arrange your fertility treatment through IHP then we’ll ensure you get an honest estimate of the costs with no hidden extras.
Tips for Saving on the Cost of IVF
One of the best ways to save on the cost of IVF is to go overseas for some or all of your treatment. Other ways that you can keep the costs of fertility treatment down include:
- Always check if you’re eligible for NHS fertility treatment first. Even if you can’t have IVF through the NHS, your GP may be able to perform some of the tests for you.
- It’s also worth checking your health insurance plan as it may cover fertility assessments or certain other costs.
- Consider egg sharing programmes. You may be offered lower rates for IVF if you are willing to donate the eggs that you don’t use. However, this is a significant decision that you need to consider very carefully.
- Use your paid leave as much as possible.
- Consider having some of your tests or treatment in the UK to reduce the time you spend overseas, if it works out cheaper.
- Compare the costs for different clinics or locations.
- Make sure that you’re getting accurate quotes from fertility clinics that include all the tests, drugs and services you’ll need. Hidden extras could break your budget.
- Always allow a little extra in your budget for unexpected costs.
Although the costs of private fertility treatment can seem high in the UK, it is possible to find affordable IVF care, especially if you are able to travel overseas.