The cost of using donor eggs, sperm, or embryos

The cost of using donor eggs, sperm, or embryos

Cost is an important factor when considering using a donor, especially because these costs will be in addition to those needed for a treatment cycle. The final price for using donor eggs, sperm, or embryos will ultimately depend on many variables, including the type of donor you choose, your insurance coverage, and your treatment facility.

Donor insemination

Costs for donor sperm range from $300 to $4,000 for each sample. The price varies depending on if the sperm is provided by the male partner or a sperm bank.

Donor eggs

Costs for donor eggs may range from $12,000 to $20,000 each cycle, which may not include the costs for in-vitro fertilization (IVF), embryo transfer, and medications. A large variable in this cost is compensation to the egg donor, which can run $5,000 to $10,000. Other factors include whether fresh or frozen eggs are used, fees to the treatment facility, the egg donation agency, and other professionals involved.

To make egg donation more affordable, research what treatment centers in your area charge for donation. Choosing an egg donor who lives close to you and the treatment facility of your choice will also reduce travel-related expenses during the egg donor cycle if you are pursuing a fresh egg donation. 

Donor embryos

Costs for donor embryos may range from $2,500 to $4,000 for one cycle. This typically includes matching services, document preparation, and embryology, laboratory, and frozen embryo transfer fees. It does not usually include medications, legal fees, or psychological counseling costs.

The cost for donor embryos may be lower than donor eggs because egg donors are often compensated, while embryo donors are not—they are provided altruistically to help infertile people build their families. 

Save on medication

You may qualify for medication savings if you’re using certain fertility drugs.