Prices of intracytoplasmic sperm injection in the UK can vary by several thousand pounds. Some of the best private fertility clinics can charge as much as 50% more than you might pay for private treatment at your local hospital.
However, on average, the cost of ICSI is in the region of £3,000 to £4,000 per cycle. Due to the added work involved with ICSI, it will cost more than standard IVF procedures. You will typically see a £700 to £900 difference between ICSI and IVF prices.
When reviewing the costs of ICSI at different clinics and hospitals, it's important to establish whether you are comparing like with like. Prices quoted by one clinic may include items that another clinic's prices don't. The main points to check that are included are:
- egg collection
- sperm preparation
- embryo transfer
- egg freezing and storage
- pregnancy test
- follow-up scan and reviews
- fertility drugs
- HEFA fees
Don't assume that the clinic with the most expensive ICSI prices is necessarily the best. The cost of treatment is sometimes an indication of quality but not always. A little research is needed to ensure that you choose the highest quality ICSI clinic that you can afford.
The costs of ICSI fertility treatment are considerably cheaper in many countries throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Although most countries have their share of first class clinics, they also more than a few sub-standard clinics. If you are thinking of having ICSI treatment abroad, it's wise to stick to the most established clinic and the most reputable specialists.
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