According to a new report from Marketdata, the fertility clinics industry in the United States is booming, thanks to growing demand from American couples that have delayed childbearing, more widespread acceptance of fertility treatment and usage by gay couples, improved success rates, a strong economy, and significant demand from medical tourists coming from Europe and China. The industry is fragmented, largely untapped, and is ripe for consolidation.
The number of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycles performed by U.S. fertility clinics has risen strongly since 2014 and is estimated to total a record 333,600 IVF procedures this year, with demand still growing from the ranks of 7+ million infertile American women.
However, the high price of IVF cycles ($12,400 each cycle, sometimes requiring multiple cycles), plus fertility drugs, exams and diagnostic tests, deters many. The total price tag can top $50,000 or more. And fertility clinics tend to be located in large metro areas, so accessibility is an issue for rural patients. Only 15 states mandate insurance coverage, so most pay out-of-pocket.
6 Key Facts About the Fertility Clinics Industry:
- Marketdata estimates that the U.S. infertility services market will reach $5.87 billion this year, up 21% from 2016. Marketdata forecasts 7.0% average annual growth in revenues through 2023, to $7.93 billion.
- The market is comprised of about 500 fertility clinics, 100+ sperm donor banks, the egg donors market, fertility drugs, and 1,700 reproductive endocrinologists – all competing for the business. ART/IVF procedures performed by fertility clinics are worth $4.1 billion of the total.
- This market is largely untapped, as 75% of potential clients are not using infertility services. Only 15% of U.S. women have used fertility drugs, only 5.5% have tried artificial insemination, and just 1% have used IVF.
- The global market for fertility drugs is worth $976 million. The U.S. market is worth $600-700 million, and is a mature market segment growing 6% annually. As IVF procedures’ success rates improve, less of these medications are needed.
- Only one “chain” of fertility clinics, IntegraMed, exists, as most programs are small regional operations or are part of a hospital or University. Most are privately owned. IntegraMed operates some of the industry’s top fertility clinics—capturing 7.6% of market revenues.
- The egg donor/frozen eggs market is growing strongly, estimated to be worth $182 million this year, propped up by high demand from non-U.S. patients in Europe and the Middle East.
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About the Author: John LaRosa is the President of Marketdata LLC and is the author of 100+ industry and market studies. His research appears in top media outlets including ABC, CNN, Fox, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and a variety of trade journals.
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