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How much does it really cost to freeze your eggs?

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How much does it really cost to freeze your eggs?

October 21, 2016   |   How To, The Real Deal

If there’s one criticism we see lobbed at the egg freezing process more than any other, it’s that the procedure is too expensive. And—at many places—it’s true: traditional infertility clinics charge up to and exceeding $10,000 for the procedure. And that’s just for one cycle—with no guarantee that you’ll get a sufficient number of eggs to give you a good chance at pregnancy in the future.

That’s why we’re focused on revolutionizing the way women pay for egg freezing, by offering a package price for at least 12 frozen eggs; for most women, this price is $4,990. Twelve eggs, because that’s “one year’s worth of fertility”—and enough to give a woman who freezes before she’s 35 a decent shot at at least one pregnancy. This could happen in anywhere from one to four cycles. We’re pricing based on the outcome—a good bank of frozen eggs—not the procedure—which is much better for the women considering egg freezing who don’t just want to “do a cycle,” but want to actually know that they’re doing what they can to preserve their options for the future.

There are two things that package price doesn’t include: long-term storage and medications. It doesn’t include storage, beyond the six months included in your package price, because every woman can decide for herself how long she wants to keep her eggs on ice. And it doesn’t include medications because, in addition to the fact that every woman’s biology is different and therefore her medication regimen will be different, we don’t distribute medications—they’re purchased from a pharmacy, who sets the price. (We’ll give you an estimate of how much medication you’ll need, though, so you can get a pharmacy quote. We’re aiming for no surprises.)

In the interest of transparency, let’s explore those other costs. Long-term storage costs between $350 and $450 per year, depending on whether you buy those years “in bulk” or pay each year. And, on average, a young woman doing an egg freezing cycle will spend $2,000 to $4,000 on medications—which may or may not be covered by insurance.

Let’s take a look a few examples of potential total costs of egg freezing, in action:

Cheryl

At 28 years old, Cheryl is in pursuit of an advanced degree that will take her well into her 30s, and she wants to be through with school before she has a baby. She decides to store her eggs for 10 years, has a typical ovarian reserve, and needs minimal medication. Her costs:


Maria

Maria, a 35-year-old woman, just started dating a new guy—but she’s not sure if he’s the one just yet, and she knows she wants kids someday. After finding out she has a typical ovarian reserve, she decides to freeze her eggs, and she needs a little more medication during her cycle than Cheryl does. Since she’s not sure what’s ahead for her love life, she decides to pay for her frozen egg storage on a yearly basis, and ends up storing them for four years. Her costs:


Kristi

Kristi, 31, isn’t sure she wants to have kids, and she’s really focused on her career right now at a tech company with great benefits. But she wants to keep the option open, so she decides to freeze her eggs after a fertility assessment determined she was the perfect candidate with a typical ovarian reserve. Her insurance covered her medications (woohoo!) and she decides to buy a long-term storage plan for five years—she’ll reassess her life at 36. Her costs:


Geri

Geri, 36, comes from a family with a history of early menopause. She just found out her ovarian reserve is on the low side of typical—so she decided to freeze some eggs ASAP. Because of her lower ovarian reserve, she needed more medication and two cycles to reach her goal of 12 eggs. She stores her eggs for five years. Her costs:

And here’s the truth: freezing eggs before 35 for use later in life can actually save you money.

When women wait until their 40s to have kids, it’s much more likely that they’ll need a little help from reproductive technology like IVF, since natural pregnancy rates drop from 25% per month to just 5% or less after 40. According to one study, the average cost of two cycles of in vitro fertilization at age 40 without frozen eggs is $55,060—and only offers about a 42% success rate. Eggs frozen before age 35 are healthier—read, much more likely to result in a healthy baby—than “fresh” eggs at age 40, so they offer a lower cost and a higher chance at starting a family later in life.

And the extra good news for any woman considering preserving her options with Extend Fertility: not only will you know that you’re getting the best possible price for the procedure and for storage (about half the cost of egg freezing at traditional clinics, like you saw above), you’ll also be working with a team who’s committed to making egg freezing more affordable and accessible for more women, via lower costs, financing options, and partnerships with businesses and organizations.

We call that a win-win.


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