This information was difficult for me to find (other than the estimates that the adoption agency provided) when we were looking into embryo adoption for the first time a few years ago, so hopefully this will be helpful to you if you’re considering embryo adoption.
When we set up our adoption fundraiser, we set out to raise $10,000. We knew this would cover the adoption agency fees with a little left over for the estimated $6-8,000 of medical expenses with our Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). The adoption agency said that we should expect to pay about $16,000 total for the adoption and medical expenses, but obviously this varies with your RE, or your specific medical needs.
It was especially hard to find information about how much to expect to pay for the fertility drugs required for the transfer. You continue to take these drugs for the first trimester of the pregnancy, until the placenta is formed & takes over hormone production.
Another thing that drove up the total cost of the adoption was that we ended up needing to do two embryo transfers, which means almost twice the medical costs.
Here’s our final cost breakdown:
Nightlight Adoption Agency Cost
Nightlight’s Snowflake Adoption Fees: $8,000
Nightlight’s Home Study Fees: $1,500
Total Nightlight Cost: $9,500
Reproductive Endocrinologist Cost
RE Appointments Pre-Transfer: $1,008
Embryo Transfer #1: $3,314
Post-Transfer Appointments: $567
Pre-Transfer #2 Appointment: $298
Embryo Transfer #2: $3,288
5 Blood Tests (Pre-Transfer & Post-Transfers): $1,108.82
Total RE/Transfer Cost: $9,583.82
Prescription Cost (Metro Drugs Pharmacy)
Transfer #1: $974.47
Transfer #2: $1,006.84
Total Prescription Cost: $1,981.31
The final tally: $21,065.13
The initial pre-transfer appointments were exams and ultrasounds to determine that I was capable of carrying a child, and to test my body’s reaction to the hormones as a sort of dry-run. Anyone else going through a transfer would undoubtedly have similar exams, and the added cost.
I would have certainly had more follow-up appointments and ultrasounds with my RE after transfer #2 if we hadn’t moved to Oklahoma and gotten set up with a regular OB at 6 weeks. My RE wanted to continue seeing me every two weeks for the first trimester. I’m glad to have accidentally avoided that extra cost!
The reason the cost varies for the two transfers is that we were required to meet with a family planning counselor before the first transfer, but we didn’t have that cost the second time around.
A note on the prescription cost:
I took the prescriptions for just 7 weeks with transfer #1, and 12 weeks with transfer #2. However, right before finding out that I had miscarried, I ordered refills. I was able to use that extra that I had for a few weeks the second time around, so that’s why the prescription cost isn’t very different for the two transfers.
Overall, we obviously paid a lot more than the $16,000 that we were expecting, but it was mostly due to having the second transfer, and the high cost of fertility drugs – one prescription was $5/pill, taken 3 times/day!
We are incredibly blessed to be surrounded by generous family and friends who have been as excited as we are about this adoption. We definitely couldn’t have made it this far without you!
You can go here for our entire embryo adoption story.