Female Test Costs
The prices of female fertility tests vary according to the clinics performing them. It's possible to estimate price windows, but not to say that a particular test costs a certain amount wherever you take it. The only way to know a particular clinic's actual costs is to contact the clinic and ask for the price list.
You may find that the range of tests offered appear to be greater than the range of tests offered for male fertility. The least physically invasive tests will be the cheapest, and the most invasive will be the most expensive, especially anything that requires surgery under general anesthetic.
All fertility doctors, unless they have a good reason to do otherwise, will start with the least invasive testing procedures and continue to the more invasive tests if no reason for the infertility is found.
In the case of female fertility tests, you may find that your medical insurance policy does actually cover the costs of fertility testing. This is because female infertility is often related to an underlying health condition such as PCOS or endometriosis, which requires treatment even if a woman is not trying to get pregnant. Fertility treatment, however, is still extremely unlikely to be covered. Don't make any assumptions, always read your insurance policy thoroughly.
The cheapest fertility tests for women include, for example, blood tests to check levels of fertility-related hormones. These can cost from $50 to $200.
Further up the price scale are ultrasound exams (either vaginal or abdominal) to examine the reproductive organs and check for fertility-related problems. These can cost in the region of $200. They are more expensive when performed by a medical doctor than when carried out by an ultrasound technician.
Invasive procedures such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and endometrial biopsy cost even more. An endometrial biopsy, which involves taking tissue from the uterus to check for a hormone imbalance, can cost between $200 and $1000.
A laparoscopy or hysteroscopy involves inserting a tiny camera into the abdomen via a small incision. The camera is used to search for potential fertility-related problems in the organs. This can cost around $5000. The price will be higher if the search for problems is followed up by corrective surgery as part of the same procedure.
The success rates of IVF and IUI treatment these days mean that sometimes these investigative procedures aren't necessary. However, if the fertility problem involves a recurrent failure to maintain a pregnancy, not just conceive it, then it may become necessary to have a closer look at what's going on inside a woman's uterus.
One of the most commonly used home fertility tests is the ovulation predictor kit. A number of brands are available on the market and they cost somewhere in the region of $20 for a pack of several tests.
More technologically advanced digital fertility monitors are also on sale. These cost over $100 to buy, and refill packs of essential components can cost $30 a go.