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How Much Does IVF Treatment Cost in the UK?

Discover the ins and outs of IVF costs in the UK with Apricity. Learn about average expenses, NHS funding, and additional treatment expenses.

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    Navigating the costs of IVF can be a daunting task, but we're here to help make sense of it all. Whether you're considering private treatment or exploring NHS options, this guide will provide a comprehensive overview of IVF costs across the UK.

    The Cost of IVF Treatment

    You're considering IVF, but you're not quite sure what it'll cost you and every clinic website gives you a different price, and different inclusions.  You’re not sure what should be included, and how much that even costs! The cost of IVF treatment in the UK can vary significantly, and there are other hidden costs that can pile on such as medications, consultations, and tests.

    IVF Costs Across the UK

    According to Fertility Mapper the average advertised cost for an ‘IVF package’ in the UK is £3,898, however the actual true cost of an 'IVF package' is £5,310 - that's 36% higher than advertised. This doesn’t usually include your diagnostic tests, all of your medication, potential storage fees and any other costs you require throughout. 

    The average total cost for one round of IVF for a heterosexual couple, including fertility diagnostic tests for both partners and medication is £7,454 (before add ons which vary from person to person).

    Let's break down the costs by region, so you know what to expect wherever you are.

    IVF Costs in England

    In England, the cost of a single cycle of IVF ranges from £3,500 to £8,000. The NHS offers varying levels of support depending on where you live. In some areas, you may be eligible for up to three cycles of NHS-funded IVF, but this is subject to strict criteria such as age and previous treatment history. You’ll want to check with your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for specific eligibility details.

    IVF Costs in London

    London, known for its higher living costs, reflects this in its IVF prices as well. Here, a single IVF cycle typically costs between £5,000 and £8,000. Private clinics in London often provide a range of packages that can include additional services such as fertility tests and medications. NHS coverage in London can be more limited, often offering one to two cycles depending on the borough. 

    The great news is that with Apricity, you can have your scans and bloods done at home or close to home, and only need to travel into a London clinic twice or three times per cycle, meaning you can take advantage of London clinic treatment, but the majority of your care will take place at home. 

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    IVF Costs in Scotland

    Scotland offers more affordable IVF treatments, with private cycle costs ranging from £3,000 to £5,000. The NHS in Scotland is relatively generous, providing up to three cycles of IVF for eligible couples. This policy aims to reduce the financial burden on those seeking fertility treatment.

    IVF Costs in Wales

    In Wales, private IVF treatments cost between £3,500 and £6,000 per cycle. The NHS offers up to two cycles of IVF for eligible couples, although criteria can vary. It's recommended to consult with your local health board for specific guidelines and eligibility requirements.

    IVF Costs in Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland's private IVF treatment costs range from £3,500 to £6,000 per cycle. The NHS here typically offers one funded cycle of IVF, subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria. As with other regions, it’s crucial to check the local health authority's specific requirements.

    IVF Treatment Expenses

    Beyond the basic cost of an IVF cycle, there are additional expenses to consider. These can include:

    • Medications - the medications required for IVF can add between £500 and £1,500 to your total cost. 

    • Consultations: Initial consultations and follow-up appointments can range from £200 to £500. 

    • Tests: Pre-treatment tests such as blood work and ultrasounds may cost an additional £300 to £500.

    • Additional Treatments: Procedures like ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) or genetic testing can add £1,000 to £2,000 to your bill.

    At Apricity, we offer all-inclusive packages to simplify your IVF journey. Our transparent pricing ensures you know exactly what to expect, without any hidden fees and includes all tests, treatments, medication, counselling, scans and 24/7 support through our App.

    Some of the most common questions our fertility advisors get asked: 

    What is the cost of IVF in the UK?

    The cost of IVF in the UK varies, but the average cost is £5,400 for a single cycle, plus additional expenses for medications, tests and consultations. 

    Is IVF on the NHS free?

    NHS-funded IVF is available but varies by region. In some areas, up to three cycles are covered, while others may offer fewer cycles. Eligibility criteria such as age, previous children and BMI. 

    How much does my IVF cost?

    Your IVF costs depend on various factors, including whether you use NHS or private services, as well as additional expenses like medications and tests. Your doctor will review the results of your diagnostic tests with you to devise a treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique situation. Depending on factors such as your AMH, or any other conditions or factors you have, will influence your medication protocol, or whether you may benefit from add-ons. 

    For more information on IVF treatment options, check out Apricity's IVF package or explore our range of fertility solutions here. Curious about IVF with donor eggs? We've got you covered here. And if you're wondering how long the IVF journey takes from the first appointment, we've got the scoop right here.

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