With the average cost of one round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) averaging between $10,000 and $15,000, it’s easy to understand the financial strain many prospective parents face when undergoing the IVF process. There are many variables that affect cost, from where a patient lives, to the doctor they choose, to the types of medications they are prescribed. And the unfortunate reality is that even insured patients may find themselves shouldering the cost.
While many aspects affecting the cost of IVF may be out of a patient’s control, the cost of IVF medications doesn’t have to be. Fertility medications are an integral part of the IVF process. Patients have options when it comes to saving money on IVF drugs.
One option that may be available to some IVF patients is the use of leftover medications from other patients. Several IUI and IVF forum users have reported donating their remaining medication to their fertility clinic. While this options may not be available to all, it is worth checking into with a patient’s individual clinic.
Most patients, however, will have to purchase their medications themselves. Online IVF pharmacies exist to provide discount medications. In particular, IVFPrescriptions.com offers affordable prices on brand name IVF medications including the Follistim pen, Crinone 8 gel, the Gonal-f pen and the Evorel patch. What’s more, IVFPrescriptions.com beats their competitors in price by offering up to 50% savings over retail.