Adopting frozen embryos and then having them implanted must cost a FORTUNE, right? Wrong! It can actually cost less than a traditional adoption. While most domestic and international adoptions cost upwards of $20,000 - an embryo adoption and FET (frozen embryo transfer) can be as little as $3,000. Here is the breakdown of expenses you can expect to incur:
Legal Fees: A standard legal contract and processing typically runs around $500.
Transportation: The shipment of the embryos to your clinic usually costs $400-500.
Medical Expenses: $2,500. Depending on the clinic, most doctors charge an estimated flat fee of $1,000 which includes all appointments, sonograms, and the frozen embryo transfer (FET). There is usually an additional fee of $1,500 to use the labortory, embryologist, and facilities for the Embryo Transfer.
Medication: Depending on the medication that your doctor chooses to prescribe and your insurance coverage, your cost here can greatly vary. Typically you are prescribed Estradiol (a pill) to be taken for two weeks prior to the transfer, and progesterone (a pill, suppository, or shot) to be taken for a few weeks after the transfer. Typically, these are pretty inexpensive fertility drugs.
Embryos: While it is illegal for anyone to sell their embryos, it can cost $0-10,000 for you to locate your embryos depending on the method you use. If you use a website to locate a family with extra embryos, there is little to no charge. If you use an agency to find embryos, it can cost $10,000 to be matched with a donor family.
My story: we didn't have the funds to go through an agency so we located a family on our own using a website. Our adoption of 4 embryos cost $3,200 and took about 2 months to complete.