My IVF Pregnancy Journey

IVF Cost Breakdown at CHA Fertility Center in Seoul

For those of you who are wondering how much does an IVF Cycle cost in Seoul (CHA Fertility Center in particular), I have summarize our IVF cost based on the following categories: consultation fee, fertility medication (including the injection fee that I received by the nurse at the hospital twice), laboratory & radiology (blood test), ultra sonogram, egg retrieval, embryo transfer, embryo transfer glue, and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

Below is our IVF cost breakdown at CHA Fertility Center in Seoul from first day of consultation until I got pregnant at week 11 :

IVF Cost Breakdown South Korean Won (KRW) US Dollar (USD)
Consultation Fee 669,450 $582.42
Medication 457,235 $397.79
Laboratory & Radiology 1,694,596 $1,474.30
Ultra Sonogram (7x) 859,050 $747.37
Egg Retrieval 2,910,000 $2,531.70
Embryo Transfer 1,320,000 $1,148.40
Embryo Transfer Glue 525,000 $456.75
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) 870,000 $756.90
TOTAL 9,305,331 $8,095.64

At the beginning, CHA Fertility Center estimated us that it will cost around 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 KRW. They were spot-on.

The above IVF cost breakdown was for our case specifically. Since I have history of miscarriages, my doctor advised me not to take a long flight (no more than 2-3 hours flight) until I was at my 12th week pregnant. So, I had to see the doctor few more times after the positive pregnancy test. See our IVF schedule here for more details.

I’m guessing if you are healthy and have not had a history of miscarriages, the doctor would probably allow you to go home right away after the embryo transfer.

Also, since we had 1 good embryo to freeze, we had to pay extra 330,000 KRW.

We are happy that we spent $8,000 for our first IVF cycle and I am now pregnant; success on the first IVF cycle, and still have 1 frozen embryo left. We will definitely come back to CHA Fertility Center to do the frozen embryo transfer!

8 comments

  1. How many days from start to finish were you in Korea for the IVF? Did you fly back and forth? Also, I hear bangkok is an option these days – was there a reason it was not considered? thank you.

    1. Hi Christine,

      I was in Korea from 15 Dec 2016 until 26 Mar 2017 (around 3.5 months) just because I was considered having a high-risk pregnancy due to my previous multiple miscarriages and my age and the duration of the flight (going to the USA is not a short flight).

      So, the doctor recommended me to stay until I was at least 12 weeks pregnant. If in normal condition, my doctor said that I could fly out the day of the embryo transfer or few days after. Nope, I was not allowed to fly back and forth.

      During our research regarding IVF in Asia, Bangkok has never showed up as an option for us. Maybe because we have no friends/relatives in Bangkok and no friends/relatives who have done IVF procedure(s) in Bangkok either. We were only considering IVF clinics that were referred and recommended by our friends and relatives. We also think Bangkok’s IVF technology is a bit behind than others such as Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.

      Hope this info helps you.

  2. Hello, I am just curious where did you stay while you were in Seoul? Were you in Gangnam or did you stay in another district? Did you stay in a hotel or short term apartment?

    Also how did you respond to the fertility injections, I have read a of conflicting things. Some people said that they made them feel very ill, others say that they felt bruised or bloated? Were you able to take in the beauty of the city or were you sick most of the time.

    The process of the embryo transfer, was that the most painful part or were there other parts of the process that were more painful? I am going to go through with it regardless of the pain but I would just like to have an idea.

    My husband and I are going to CHA in March and I want to know as much as possible. Thank you so much for this Blog, this is priceless information and I really appreciate it.

    1. Hi Hannah,

      I just replied to your questions here http://myivfpregnancy.com/what-is-embryo-glue/#comment-119

      Regarding the embryo transfer, I honestly was not informed how the process would take place. So, on that day, I entered the “waiting room” after changing into a hospital gown with slippers and hair net, I saw a flyer on the table that describes the embryo transfer process. I was in a room with the other women who are waiting for the procedure as well. I was told to lay down and relax. Then, I was brought to another room to do the transfer. The doctor showed me picture of the two embryos she was about to put in. The doctor used a catheter to insert the embryos while looking at the ultrasound. The process was really quick and not painful at all. It felt just like a pap-smear. After the procedure, they gave me some kind of sedative to relax the uterus and was told to sleep on my back for about 1 hour.

      Let me know if you want to ask me more questions. I would be happy to help 🙂

  3. Hello, first of all I just wanted to thank you for this blog, the information you provided was very helpful. I am also planning IVF treatment this summer in Korea. Just curious about the locations I know there are many locations…. why did you choose the CHA is Gangnam over Seoul Station location? When I read your blog I just google CHA in Gangnam and the address you provided but as I was doing more research there is another CHA in Seoul Station as well. Were you able to visit both locations ? If so what were the differences?

    Thank you!!
    Jane

    1. Hi Jane,

      > Hello, first of all I just wanted to thank you for this blog, the information you provided was very helpful.

      No problem. Glad I can help other people 🙂

      >I am also planning IVF treatment this summer in Korea. Just curious about the locations I know there are many locations…. why did you choose the CHA is Gangnam over Seoul Station location?

      I chose the Gangnam location because our friends recommended to go to that one. First of all, it is closer to where they live. Second of all, the location is very convenient for us. We stayed at an airbnb right at the Gangnam station, so it is only 5 minutes away by taxi.

      > Were you able to visit both locations ? If so what were the differences?

      Nope, sorry. I visited only the Gangnam location.
      And I like my doctor when I visited Gangnam location, and I don’t know if she also practices at the other location or not.

      Here are the list of doctors at the Gangnam location:
      https://chaimc.chamc.co.kr/en/PREPARING_FOR_VISIT/Preparingforvisit_3Mee.aspx

      Btw, where are you planning to do your IVF in Korea? Have you decided yet?

  4. Hello
    Thank you for share ur blog.
    I’m 34 I’m single and I want to do an IVF but in my case with an sperm donor. Do u know if in Korea is possible to do that?
    Thank u

  5. Does anyone have experience with genetic testing of embryos prior to implantation in Korea? It is standard practice in the USA, but no one mentions it.

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