Statutory requirements

  • The couple must be married.
  • For artificial insemination, only ova and sperm of the couple may be used.
  • Donor sperm may be used only in certain cases.
  • Only semen cells of one donor within one cycle can be used.
  • A maximum of eight children can be produced from a single donor’s sperm.
  • A child conceived through sperm donation, on turning 18, may request information of his/her biological father.

What is forbiddden:

  • egg donation,
  • embryo donation,
  • surrogacy,
  • the pre-implantation diagnosis, and
  • the freezing of embryos.

Costs covered by health insurance companies

The intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination by direct injection of sperm into the uterus) will be reimbursed by health insurance. However, a maximum of three treatment cycles per pregnancy are remunerated.

Health insurance companies do not pay … How much does it cost?

In Switzerland, the in vitro fertilization is not covered by health insurance.

Costs for IVF / ICSI cycle range between 4,000 to 7,000 CHF.

Therefore one must reckon with the necessary hormone preparations. They range between 500 to 3000 CHF. But it can also be a lot more.


There are about 5,500 artificially inseminated women in Switzerland each year.

The artificial insemination is offered in 28 clinics in Switzerland.

The success rate is somewhere between 13% and 51% depending on age.