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.

Statistics

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.