HOW MUCH DOES EGG FREEZING COST?
Unless you work at Apple, Facebook, Google, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase or another progressive employer, elective egg freezing is an out of pocket expense. The good news is the price of of egg freezing is decreasing – from approximately $10-15,000 in 2011 to $6-10,000 today.
Yes, it is still an expensive procedure! And, bear in mind that these estimates are just for part one, egg retrieval and freezing, and do not include the final embryo transfer. However, despite the high cost, recent studies show that egg freezing can in fact be a cost effective strategy if performed prior to age 38. Net net, an over $15,000 savings was calculated, as well as a 20% increase in live birth rate, for women who used eggs frozen at age 35 vs women undergoing IVF. Remember, you can’t make back time, but you can make back money.
LOOK OUT FOR HIDDEN EXPENSES
While every clinic’s fees will vary, make sure that you are looking at apples to apples comparisons. Typically clinics include a bundled price for pre-procedure testing (including ultrasounds and blood work), monitoring during hormone stimulation, egg retrieval and vitrification, as well as the first year of storage. Not included in a clinic’s bundle are hormone medications which are not nominal, and depending on your protocol, can cost up to one third of your overall egg freezing expenses .
Also, based on your age and results, you may want to do more than one cycle. While most clinics offer multiple cycle discounts, don’t lock yourself into two or more cycles until you’ve gone through your first. It’s always easier to negotiate a discount rather than a refund.
COST OF ONE EGG FREEZING CYCLE - FROM RETRIEVAL TO TRANSFER*
PART I : Freezing your eggs - $8,500-$15,000
Initial Consultation – $250-450
Not including blood work
Procedure – $6,000-10,000
– Monitoring (ultrasound/blood draw)
– Egg retrieval (including anesthesia)
– Egg treatment/laboratory costs
Annual storage (1st year typically included)
Medication- $2,000 to $4,500
– Depending upon protocol and dose
– Price list of commonly prescribed medications
PART I: Getting pregnant - $9,600- 18,000
Clinic Consultation – $250-450 Not including blood work or hysterscopy
Fertilization – $10,000-14,000 Egg thaw Sperm isolation Culture + Fertilization w/ICSI Freeze FET
Medication – $4,500-6,000
Continue for 10-12 weeks post FET
Donor sperm sample (washed & tested)
Genetic Testing- $1,500-5,000
– CCS / PGD / PGS
– Highly recommended for eggs frozen at 35 <