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Assisted reproduction

If a couple find it difficult to conceive naturally, they have the option of using reproductive medicine, i.e. technical and biological techniques to treat infertility in women, men and couples.

These techniques are permitted only if they can solve a couple’s infertility problem and if other treatments are unsuccessful, or if the risk of transmitting a serious and incurable disease to children cannot be avoided in any other way.

Preimplantation diagnosis (PID) is only available to couples who carry serious hereditary diseases or who are unable to conceive naturally.

What you should do

If you and your partner are seeking to undergo assisted reproductive treatment, you should consult a specialist, who, after having done all the necessary tests, will inform you of the causes of infertility, the methods available to treat the problem and the risks associated with different treatments.

During the appointment, the specialist will also discuss possible alternatives to medically assisted reproduction, such as adoption. You will be offered psychological counselling before, during and after treatment. Couples interested in having a PID must also be advised on matters relating to genetics.

A period of reflection must be scheduled between counselling sessions and the decision to undergo treatment.

You must sign and submit a declaration consenting to undergo the planned medically assisted reproduction before starting any treatment.

There are centres offering assisted reproductive treatment in Switzerland.

Sperm donation

Donor sperm can only be used by married couples. In addition, the law allows children born in this way to obtain data relating to their biological father once they reach the age of 18. Children of sperm donors may contact the civil register office, which informs the donor of the proceedings initiated by the child.

Requesting information about the biological father

Forbidden by law

There are currently 28 centres offering assisted reproductive treatment in 14 cantons in Switzerland:

  • egg donation
  • embryo donation and
  • surrogate motherhood

Covered by health insurance?

Treatment costs are usually quite high and can vary from one case to another. During the first visit, your doctor will give you a comprehensive and detailed overview of the costs related to your case.

Artificial insemination by means of intra-uterine insemination (artificial insemination by sperm injection directly into the womb) is paid for by basic health insurance. However, a maximum of three treatment cycles per pregnancy are covered.

In vitro fertilisation followed by embryo transfer is not, however, covered by compulsory health insurance.

Contact your insurance provider for more information.