Freezing eggs for one’s future use has become a growing trend. The procedure allows childbearing to be postponed or delayed to fulfill other priorities in life. For example, pursuing higher education, finding the right partner and establishing a career. Well, in spite of so much buzz about this amazing procedure, the cost has always been a barrier for women. The cost of egg freezing process is in between $10,000 to $15,000. There are several factors that play an important role in determining the cost of egg freezing.
Fertility is a valuable resource, limited to just a few crucial years of your life. Age plays a vital role in affecting the fertility rate. Egg freezing or egg cryopreservation allows you to save some of your youthful fertility resources for later use.
Determining the cost of egg freezing
Selection of good quality eggs for storage- This is the first main factor regarding the cost of cryopreservation is the selection of a good number of eggs. This means when a woman goes through this process, the quality and number of eggs will vary. Age is a major criterion in deciding the quantity and quality of eggs.
Younger women tend to produce more eggs as compared to older ones. Also, the eggs may contain some genetic abnormality (which is mainly seen in older women), which makes it unsuitable for storage. Therefore, the best time to preserve your eggs is during your young age. This will reduce the number of cycles for retrieval process.
Before the retrieval and freezing process, you will take a series of fertility medications to get good quality eggs. Depending upon the protocol and dose, the type and number of medications will vary. The estimated cost of medications is around $2,000 to $4,500.
Annual storage costs
Another hidden factor in determining the cost of egg freezing is the annual storage cost. The total cost of storage will be around $500 to $600 every year. This is just a rough estimate. The actual cost will depend on upon the location of the clinic, number of years of storage and the reputation of clinic and doctors.
Apart from the above mentioned costs, there are certain other charges that will add to the total procedure. This includes consultation charges, pre-cycle screening, anesthetic charges, lab work, blood tests and ultrasound and cost of egg retrieval process.