If you are thinking about egg freezing, be sure to first seek the advice of a fertility specialist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). Delaying childbearing is an important decision. Only expert counseling can help you determine whether it is the right decision for your situation.
What are the factors that must be considered before freezing eggs?
There are many factors that can determine whether or not egg freezing could be appropriate for you. An initial consultation with an RE can help identify those factors.38,39 You may discuss factors such as the age at which you decide to freeze your eggs, your ovarian reserve, and the quality of your eggs.
The quality of a woman’s eggs, which can only be determined when they are thawed, fertilized and developed, is also important. A thorough assessment of a woman’s reproductive health from a fertility specialist is essential before considering egg freezing.
What will it cost?
A baseline screening can be conducted during an initial consultation to give you a better understanding of your fertility potential. The initial consultation fee varies from center to center and could range from $99-$299.
Treatment costs vary from region to region and among individual fertility clinics. To give you a general idea, the average price for one egg freezing cycle can range from $6,500 to $18,000.40,41,42
The annual egg-storage fee is about $500 a year.43,44
When you are ready to try to get pregnant, your eggs are thawed and fertilized via IVF, and the embryo, if viable, is transferred to your womb. The average cost of a typical IVF cycle is $12,400 according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.45 However, your cost for IVF might be less, since your eggs have already been retrieved and frozen.
Of course, the costs listed here are national averages; your costs could be lower or higher depending on where you live and the cost of medication. Some fertility clinics may offer discounts or financing options, so check around. Women have also visited www.eggbanxx.com for help with egg freezing costs.
Depending on your insurance plan, some of the costs of the procedure and medications may be covered, and some fertility clinics offer a range of payment plans. Verifying your health insurance benefits for freezing your eggs is easy. Simply call 1-866-538-7879 (toll free) to get started.
Additionally, some major companies have recently announced that they will cover the costs of egg freezing for their employees.46 Check with the Human Resource representative at your company.
Additional FAQs about egg freezing?
Q: How long can eggs be frozen? Simply because the techniques for egg freezing are so new, there has not been enough time to collect the data needed to determine the optimal time that eggs can be frozen before they are thawed and used for IVF.
Q: Will all the eggs be viable when thawed? As it is not currently possible to determine the genetic quality of an egg at the time of freezing, some or all of the eggs may not be genetically viable. And some eggs may not make it through the thawing process. So you may need to go through more than one cycle to collect an appropriate number of eggs. Though there can be no guarantees, only your RE will be able to determine the number of eggs you will need to give you the best chance for a viable embryo in the future.
Q: How successful will IVF be with thawed eggs? Success rates depend on many factors, such as the woman’s age and fertility potential at the time of freezing, successful thawing, and a successful IVF procedure.
Women are encouraged to speak to a Reproductive Endocrinologist if they are considering delaying childbirth and want to learn more about egg preservation and the risks of delayed childbirth. The ASRM does not currently recommend egg freezing for patients who wish to delay childbirth because there are insufficient data on the efficacy and safety of this procedure for these patients.
Download the “Fertility, Egg Freezing and You” brochure to review more FAQs and information about egg freezing.
Having an in-depth discussion with your RE will help answer any specific questions you may have about egg freezing. Here are some you may consider asking during your consultation:
- How many eggs will I need to freeze?
- What is the percentage of eggs retrieved that may later be used for IVF?
- How long can the eggs remain frozen?
- Is egg freezing safe?
- What happens to the eggs I don’t use?
Only you and your doctor can determine if egg freezing is right for you. So it’s important to learn all you can about this process. Call Fertility Lifelines at 1-866-538-7879 to find a fertility specialist in your area.
38, 39. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Age and Fertility: A Guide for Patients. 2012.
40, 43. New England Fertility. Egg freezing. http://www.nefertility.com/treatments/egg-freezing
41, 44. USC Fertility. http://uscfertility.org/fertility-preservation/egg-freezing-faqs
42. The Fertility Center at NYU Langone. Egg freezing costs. https://www.eggfreezingcosts.com/egg-freezing-costs
45. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Q006: Is in vitro fertilization expensive? http://www.asrm.org/detail.aspx?id=3023