How Much Does Egg Freezing Cost?

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.
Egg freezing costs

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
– Vitrification

Storage- $300-600
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

EXTRAS***

Sperm- $600-1,000
Donor sperm sample (washed & tested)

Genetic Testing- $1,500-5,000
– CCS / PGD / PGS
– Highly recommended for eggs frozen at 35 <

Note: these prices were aggregated from a cross section of US-based clinics. By no means are they exact, but are intended to provide an estimate of a complete egg freezing cycle - from retrieval to transfer.

A WORD ABOUT EGG FREEZING CONCIERGES

The egg freezing concierge market is growing rapidly. Because these full service agencies have a network of clinics, prices are often heavily discounted – especially for multiple cycles. Do NOT base your egg freezing decision on price alone. Even if you decide to go the full service route, which makes sense for a lot of busy women, you still need to do your due diligence and take ownership of the process. Not all clinics are equal and not all egg freezing services are transparent in their clinic admission standards.

DOES INSURANCE COVER EGG FREEZING?

Richard Reindollar, ASRM’s Executive Director summarizes the sad state of fertility coverage in the United States: “Of all the disease processes, insurance coverage is available for essentially all of them, but not for infertility.” Shockingly,in the U.S. fertility preservation for oncology patients is not routinely covered by insurance. The recent media blitz around high tech coverage of elective egg freezing has brought much needed awareness, and hopefully change, to how and when fertility treatments are covered.
But, there is a silver lining. Here are some pre-screen procedures that most (not all) insurance companies will cover. Make sure your fertility clinic bills your insurance directly for these services using the appropriate billing codes.
Medication
Initial consultation
Blood tests
Ultrasounds
STD testing
Also, don’t forget about your FSA (Flexible Spending Account)! Check with your insurance company first, but many, if not all, of the above pre-procedure expenses can be paid with your tax exempt FSA funds.
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