Did you know?

The so-called fer­ti­lity rate as a hy­po­the­tical key fi­gure in­di­cates how many children women would have in the course of their lives if the age-spe­cific birth rates of the re­spec­tive ca­lendar year ap­plied to their en­tire lives. This fi­gure was 1.46 in Essen in 2020.

Due to the Ruhr me­tro­po­litan area, se­veral fer­ti­lity cen­ters have also es­tab­lished them­selves in Essen. A sperm bank (cryo­bank) is also lo­cated in Essen. You can find more in­for­ma­tion about this under Costs and in­for­ma­tion about sperm banks.

Fer­tilly helps you to find the most sui­table fer­ti­lity center for your re­quest and your per­sonal needs.


Basic in­for­ma­tion about fer­ti­lity cen­ters in Essen

Did you know that alt­hough in­for­ma­tion mee­tings are held in every fer­ti­lity clinic, these often only take-place once a month?

To find out which fer­ti­lity center in Essen is best suited to your in­di­vi­dual needs, our open-minded pa­tient ad­vi­sors at Fer­tilly will be happy to ad­vise you free of charge and wi­t­hout ob­li­ga­tion. You can ask us all your ques­tions about tre­at­ments, fi­nan­cial con­cerns and fun­ding op­tions for in­fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment.

Here you can ea­sily book a free te­le­phone con­sul­ta­tion with us. We work tog­e­ther with sel­ected and con­ti­nuously qua­lity-che­cked fer­ti­lity cen­ters and re­com­mend the best center for you per­so­nally.


What costs can you ex­pect?

The costs for as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion can be very high and, de­pen­ding on the extent, hardly af­fordable out of one’s own po­cket. In­trau­te­rine in­se­mi­na­tion (IUI) in­volves pla­cing the part­ner’s sperm di­rectly into the wo­man’s uterus to in­crease the li­keli­hood of pregnancy. Mul­tiple at­tempts are often ne­ces­sary.
In vitro fer­ti­liza­tion (IVF) is far more com­plex. The wo­man’s re­trieved eggs come into contact with the man’s treated sperm in the la­bo­ra­tory. If the fu­sion is suc­cessful, the fer­ti­lized egg is in­serted into the wo­man’s uterus. The great ad­van­tage is the short di­stance the sperm have to travel.…

In its co­ali­tion agree­ment in No­vember 2021, the new German go­vern­ment an­nounced that un­in­ten­tio­nally child­less women would re­ceive better sup­port in the fu­ture. In ad­di­tion, under cer­tain cir­cum­s­tances, he­alth insu­rance com­pa­nies will cover a pro­por­tion of the costs of your tre­at­ment. If you would like to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion about this, you can ar­range a con­sul­ta­tion with our pa­tient ad­vi­sors here.



Im­portant in­for­ma­tion on fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment in Essen

The German go­vern­ment is con­cerned about Ger­mans’ ful­fil­ling their de­sire to have a child. For this re­ason, it is pos­sible to apply for state sup­port from the fe­deral and state go­vern­ments. The “Gui­de­line on the Gran­ting of Al­lo­wances for the Pro­mo­tion of As­sisted Re­pro­duc­tion Me­a­sures by the State of North Rhine-West­phalia” serves as the basis for the fun­ding of in­fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments. This gui­de­line sti­pu­lates that only cou­ples whose main re­si­dence is in North Rhine-West­phalia and whose tre­at­ment takes place in a re­pro­duc­tion fa­ci­lity in NRW can be­nefit from the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. Un­mar­ried he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples will be granted be­ne­fits in the form of an ad­di­tional flat rate of 30% on cer­tain ma­ximum fun­ding amounts for the first to third tre­at­ment cy­cles. In this re­gard, the new German go­vern­ment let it be known in its co­ali­tion agree­ment in No­vember 2021 that un­in­ten­tio­nally child­less cou­ples will re­ceive better sup­port in the fu­ture.

Fur­ther re­qui­re­ments are:

  • Proven in­fer­ti­lity by a doctor
  • De­mons­trable suc­cess of the fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment
  • Ex­clu­sive use of the part­ner’s egg and sperm cells
  • Psy­cho­so­cial coun­seling
  • Age limit of the woman: 25–40
  • Age limit of the man: 25–50

If you would like to re­ceive a free, no-ob­li­ga­tion con­sul­ta­tion on any of these to­pics from our pa­tient ad­vi­sors, you can book an ap­point­ment here.


Cur­rent info about sperm banks in Essen, Ger­many and Eu­rope

In ad­di­tion to the sperm banks dis­tri­buted na­tio­nally across Ger­many, there has also been a sperm bank, the Kryo­bank, in Essen since 1981. The prices and costs of a sperm bank In Ger­many can differ from those of an in­ter­na­tional sperm bank, due to dif­fe­rent pri­cing mo­dels bet­ween count­ries.

We at Fer­tilly can simply and wi­t­hout ob­li­ga­tion ex­plain the costs as­so­ciated with a sperm bank and other fac­tors to be con­sidered. Our pa­tient ad­vi­sors will give you a com­pre­hen­sive in­sight into this topic and are happy to ad­vise you. Talk to us!

If you are in­te­rested in the re­qui­re­ments a sperm donor must meet, what in­for­ma­tion sperm do­nors dis­c­lose about them­selves and how the pro­cess of sperm do­na­tion works in Ger­many or ab­road, you can read all about it here.


What are im­portant cri­teria when choo­sing a fer­ti­lity centre?

In order to fulfil your de­sire to have a child, you should choose a fer­ti­lity clinic that meets your spe­cific re­qui­re­ments and im­portantly where you feel com­for­table. When choo­sing a clinic, there are a number of aspects to con­sider to en­sure that the the­rapy goes as smoothly as pos­sible. The suc­cess of a the­rapy de­pends on va­rious fac­tors. Both the ex­pe­ri­ence and qua­li­fi­ca­tions of the me­dical team and the tech­no­lo­gical status of the la­bo­ra­tory equip­ment (for ex­ample, whe­ther the clinic has a clean room la­bo­ra­tory) can have an im­pact on the suc­cess rate.

In ad­di­tion to the suc­cess rate, there are other is­sues that can be de­cisive in the sel­ec­tion pro­cess. Good coun­sel­ling on the choice of the­rapy, as well as per­sonal care and the avai­la­bi­lity of the doctor can help re­duce per­sonal con­cerns and en­sure no ques­tions go un­ans­wered. To in­stil per­sonal con­fi­dence in the pro­cess, hea­ring the ex­pe­ri­ences of pre­vious pa­ti­ents can also give an in­di­ca­tion of the qua­lity or short­co­mings of a prac­tice.

An­o­ther aspect are the costs. To avoid sur­prises, fer­ti­lity cen­tres that main­tain a high de­gree of price trans­pa­rency are re­com­mended. In the case of tre­at­ments with donor sperm, it is re­com­mended that there is a co­ope­ra­tion bet­ween cli­nics and an ex­pe­ri­enced sperm bank, as they often offer a larger sel­ec­tion of donor pro­files and have many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of sperm do­na­tion.

When sel­ec­ting our partner cli­nics, we al­ways make sure that both he­te­ro­se­xual and ho­mo­se­xual cou­ples, as well as single women are treated.
Are you strugg­ling to find a fer­ti­lity centre that is right for you or do you have ques­tions about available the­ra­pies and tre­at­ment me­thods? Our fri­endly team are happy to help you in a free con­sul­ta­tion.


At Fertilly, we have made it our mission to accompany couples (homosexual and heterosexual) and singles on the way to fulfilling their desire to have a child. It is important to us to create transparency in the area of family planning and to inform you about success rates and prices.

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