British Couples Trying To Get Pregnant Spend In Excess Of £5,000 A Year


A new study by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed that British couples trying to get pregnant will spend on average £5,515 a year, as opposed to those who are actively trying to avoid getting pregnant who will spend £161.35 a year.

Though it may seem like less effort is needed conceiving a child, compared to avoiding an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, a new study has revealed that those trying to conceive will spend over £5,000 a year on fertility treatments, apps and lifestyle changes compared to what people will spend on contraceptives.

The team at conducted the survey as part of ongoing research into Britons expenses when it comes to their relationships. 2,192 respondents aged 18 and over, all of whom stated that they were in a long-term serious relationship with a 50/50 split of those stating they were either trying to get pregnant or avoid getting pregnant, were quizzed about their spending on contraceptives and/or fertility treatments.

Initially all respondents wanting to avoid getting pregnant were asked ‘Have you had any accidental or unplanned pregnancies in the past two years?’ to which the majority of respondents (92%) stated ‘no’, whilst 8% stated ‘yes’. When asked why they were trying to avoid getting pregnant, the top responses were ‘I’m not ready to be a parent/have a child’ (49%) and ‘I’m not financially able to bring up a child’ (31%).

Wanting to delve a little deeper, the relevant respondents were asked how much they estimated that they spent per year on products to avoid getting pregnant. When provided with a list of possible products and told to select all those that applied and how much they spent per year, the top five most expensive products/treatments were revealed as follows:

  • Condoms/femidoms – £65.50
  • Pregnancy tests – £27.00
  • The morning after pill – £19.00
  • Contraceptive pills (over the counter, not prescribed free of charge) – £18.00
  • Spermicide – £31.85

A total cost of £161.35.

All respondents who confessed that they were actively trying to get pregnant were asked how long they had spent trying to get pregnant, with the average length of time revealed as 1 year and 3 months.

Furthermore, when asked to state what products they purchased and how much they spent, on average, per year and provided with a list of possible products, the top five most expensive products/treatments were revealed as follows:

  • IVF – £5,000
  • Specialist consultation – £245.00
  • Lifestyle improvements, i.e. food and drink, etc. – £156.00
  • Pregnancy tests – £63.00
  • Fertility cycle apps and monitoring devices – £51.00

A total cost of £5,515.

George Charles, spokesperson for, made the following comments:

“It’s astonishing how much people spend actively trying to get pregnant, whether it’s taking longer than they might expect, or there are issues outside of their control. What’s more interesting is the cost difference between trying to avoid getting pregnant and trying to get pregnant – £160 a year is still a lot of money, especially when you consider there are ways to get the contraceptive pill, morning after pill and condoms free of charge.”