PGD and IVF Costs - What is the cost for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and/or PGS (preimplantation genetic screening)?
Page author Richard Sherbahn MD
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis involves testing done on embryos from in vitro fertilization prior to transferring them to the uterus.
The testing is done to check for a specific genetic abnormality (for a disease like cystic fibrosis), or to determine if the embryos are chromosomally normal (aneuploidy screening).
How much does PGD cost?
PGD testing is expensive - costs are usually between $2200 and $5000 - in addition to all usual IVF and medication fees.
There are several variables involved in the cost of PGD
- The cost of in vitro fertilization at the PGD clinic
- The cost of IVF medications
- Embryo biopsy procedure costs at the PGD clinic
- Chromosomal and/or genetic analysis costs - the PGD testing
Average preimplantation genetic testing costs in the US
- IVF costs - in the US the average cost for IVF with ICSI is about $12,000 to $13,000
- The average cost for in vitro fertilization medications is $3000 to $4000
- Embryo biopsy charges are about $1500 to $2200
- Aneuploidy testing (for chromosome normality) with PGD is $2200 to $5000
- For single gene defects (such as cystic fibrosis), the cost is about the same as for aneuploidy screening, $2200 to $5000
||Average PGD IVF Costs
|Price at Our Clinic
|IVF medication costs
|Embryo biopsy cost
|PGD test cost
||$17,200 + meds
||$14,600 + meds
- IVF with preimplantation genetic testing (with meds) usually costs $17,000 - $22,000
- This is depends on the cost of the in vitro fertilization and also on the amount of medications needed for IVF ovarian stimulation
- Since in vitro fertilization pricing varies between IVF-PGD centers and because the dose of meds for IVF varies, the total cost for IVF and preimplantation genetic testing will vary
- The big variables with PGD costs for a self-pay patient (no IVF insurance coverage) are the cost of in vitro fertilization and IVF medication costs
IVF medication costs are determined by how the ovaries respond to the drugs.
Insurance coverage for IVF and PGD
Some couples have insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization, but it is unlikely that insurance would cover chromosomal or genetic testing.
IVF success rates and PGD
Another concern with preimplantation genetic diagnosis costs is the IVF success rate of the clinic doing the in vitro procedures. This is something couples that do PGD testing may not think about.
- If the IVF clinic has low success rates, then an unsuccessful cycle even at a low cost does not get the couple the desired outcome for a lower cost.
- Consumers of infertility services in the US have a huge benefit in the SART and CDC IVF success rates reports
- Every year these reports are published on the web and detail individual IVF clinic success rates by female age.
- These reports allow couples considering IVF (with or without PGD) to check success rates of nearby clinics before deciding which clinic to use.
- A clinic that charges 25% less but has a 50% lower success rate is not a bargain
Costs for preimplantation genetic screening with trophectoderm biopsy
- There are additional fees involved with trophectoderm biopsy because it is a 2 step process
- The embryos must be frozen with this technique because current technology requires a 24-48 hour turn-around time for test results - too long for a fresh transfer
- At our PGD center we reduce the fee for the initial in vitro fertilization because there is not a fresh transfer procedure ($1000 off), but there are additional charges for freezing the embryos ($750) and for the subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle ($4000).