Today, many women are choosing to freeze their eggs and save them for a later point in life. Whether it has to do with health reasons, establishing a career, or finding the right partner, egg freezing has become a viable option to help prepare for the future and seize it when the time is right.
Studies have shown that egg freezing, using traditional and mainstream freezing techniques, has a survival rate between 60%-90% after being thawed, meaning that the opportunity to start a family is well within reach if you and your partner are ready for the challenges. Vitrification, or rapid freezing may allow better thaw and survival of > 90%.
Unfortunately, fertility treatments of any kind have been known to cause financial stress for hopeful couples, but the bright side is that the cost of egg freezing is certainly manageable with the right kind of support. Laurel Fertility Care is here to provide you with all the information you need regarding egg freezing or any other fertility treatments, so if you're curious about where to get to started, here are a few things to consider before booking your consultation:
What Procedures Does Egg Freezing Require?
To get started, a patient must undergo an initial consultation with a fertility specialist to review their medical history and physical condition. During this time, an ultrasound to check your antral follicle count (how many resting follicles are within each ovary) and blood work may also be do done to determine how many eggs can be obtained, as well as informing the patient about any potential risks throughout the procedure.
Next, hormone injections (gonadotropins) are administered on a daily basis, promoting follicle growth, which is then monitored by ultrasounds until the follicles grow to the size when we expect the egg within has matured. Once they're ready, the mature eggs are extracted with an aspiration procedure by a fertility specialist.
Using the vitrification technique, the eggs and embryos are frozen and stored in a secure laboratory until they are requested at a later date.
Although it may seem like a complicated process, research proves that the vitrification process shows no signs of causing birth defects or other developmental issues within newborns. As mentioned earlier, survival and pregnancy rates have actually increased since developing new freezing methods, giving couples a legitimate chance at having the family of their dreams. Plus, the overall cost of the procedure is certainly affordable when you have a good idea of the expected rates.
Average Cost of Egg Freezing in the U.S.
Before learning about the estimated costs of egg freezing, your fertility specialist will likely analyze your age, physical condition, and fertility results before following through with procedures. Once a specialist has reviewed your case, then you can put your fertility plan into action. The prices below are based on a national average that you might expect to see when visiting a fertility clinic and having a consultation.
Here are the average costs and price ranges of egg freezing that may be presented to you:
- Initial consultation with a fertility specialist per visit
Price ranges will vary between $200 and $700.
- Hormone injections
- General checkup and blood work and ultrasound monitoring
Typically, these procedures will cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,600 unless any kind of special testing is required.
- Egg retrieval procedure and storage
The egg retrieval procedure involves a stage of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to extract mature eggs and prepare them for storage through the vitrification process. Afterward, the prepared eggs are stored for a period of time, which includes storage fees. Altogether, couples can expect to pay roughly $4,000 to $6,000 for these services, not including additional storage fees exceeding one year.
In addition, this does not include the cost of thawing and insemination at a later date. Couples can expect to pay nearly the same amount when deciding to move ahead with their pregnancy
Don't let these price ranges discourage you. In some cases, you may be able to find an insurance provider that will cover a part of your egg freezing procedures, but sadly, most expenses will have to be paid out-of-pocket. On the other hand, you can find comfort in knowing that fertility financing is typically made possible through fertility clinics and other lending institutions.
A great way to discover your options for affordability is to speak with your fertility specialist and see what programs they have available. Laurel Fertility Care prides itself on offering our patients contracted insurance programs that can assist with coverage, as well as providing flexible payment plans to ease the pressure of financial burdens. There are also several advocacy groups that can also help keep you diligent and informed, which can make a huge difference in affordability when you choose the best procedures and path for your family.
Your Next Steps
Deciding to freeze your eggs doesn't have to be a daunting experience. Instead, you and your partner can feel confident knowing that a team of specialists is ready and willing to support your needs. Laurel Fertility Care is a leading fertility clinic in California, specializing in a variety of treatment options and procedures.
If you're interested in learning more about egg freezing and its costs, please schedule a free phone consultation customized to answer your questions.
The family you've always wanted is certainly attainable, so let's work together to make it happen.