What are the Costs of the Different Fertility Drugs

Dr. Randy Morris

What are the Costs of the Different Fertility Drugs

Dr. Randy Morris

Fertility drugs range from relatively inexpensive to quite costly, depending on the type of medication prescribed and how much of it is used. Below, we will take a look at which fertility drugs are most commonly used, as well as how much they can cost.

Common Fertility Drugs

Some of the most common fertility drugs include:

  • Clomid - An oral medication which stimulates the ovaries to produce more eggs. Effective in a large number of women, and frequently used with timed sex or with IUI.
  • Femara - A newer alternative to Clomid, Femara is often used in women who have not responded to Clomid and in women who have PCOS.
  • Thyroid hormone - Women with hypothyroidismneed to have normal thyroid levels before being able to get pregnant, and throughout pregnancy, so thyroid hormone replacement is essential in such cases.
  • Gonadotropins - Gonadotropins are injectable hormones identical to the reproductive hormones your body produces, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and progesterone. Gonadotropins are most commonly used during IVF, and a variety of medication protocols are used for different patients.

Cost of Fertility Drugs

Most oral fertility drugs are relatively affordable, which is one reason that oral medication is often one of the first courses of treatment for fertility. In contrast, injectable gonadotropins can be very expensive, depending on the amount of medication prescribed and which medications are ordered. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to manage the cost of fertility drugs.

Managing Costs

Several steps can help manage the cost of IVF drugs:

  • Insurance coverage - In Illinois, the majority of insurance plans must provide IVF coverage. This coverage includes the cost of IVF drugs, so your out of pocket costs will mainly depend on the terms of your insurance plan.
  • Using the minimal amount of medication appropriate - There are a number of different protocols for how much fertility medication is used during an IVF cycle. Your doctor can minimize costs and reduce the risk of side effects by prescribing the minimal amount of medication that is appropriate for your case.
  • Financing - If you will be using financing to help fund your IVF treatment, be sure to factor the cost of IVF drugs into how much financing you apply for.

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