Egg freezing cost facts
- Costs for egg freezing include medical procedures that are elements of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to retrieve and freeze the woman’s eggs and to store them in our cryopreservation system.
- The medical steps are ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and freezing the eggs retrieved.
- Many patients think the costs of egg freezing are worth the peace of mind egg freezing brings.
Egg freezing costs include costs of fertility treatments
As egg freezing becomes more popular among women (or transgender men) who want to delay family building, many women are visiting Dallas IVF with questions about egg freezing costs. Our fertility center provides state-of-the-art fertility preservation services, and the Dallas IVF team is always happy to provide more detailed information about egg freezing costs.
When a person wants to freeze her eggs to preserve her fertility, she will undergo a process that is similar to IVF. However, instead of having her eggs fertilized with sperm in the IVF laboratory and then transferred to the uterus, her eggs are frozen and stored for later use.
At Dallas IVF, egg freezing costs include the cost of each step of the process, described below.
The first step is ovarian stimulation
During this step, the patient takes medications to stimulate the growth and development of multiple eggs in the ovaries. The fertility specialist will monitor her throughout this process to determine the right time to retrieve the eggs.
Ovarian stimulation includes the cost of fertility medications and monitoring appointments.
The second step is egg retrieval
When the eggs are mature, the patient will visit the fertility specialist for the procedure. During this brief outpatient procedure, the patient will be lightly sedated while the physician retrieves the eggs.
The cost of egg retrieval includes the cost of the medical procedure and anesthesia.
The final step is egg freezing in the laboratory
To freeze the eggs, we use a process called vitrification. This is a rapid freezing process that transforms the liquid inside each egg into a solid state, thus preventing potentially damaging crystal formations. The cost of laboratory services and vitrification is included in this step.
In addition to these costs, egg freezing includes storage fees, which are paid yearly. Those who store their eggs for only a few years will ultimately pay less than patients who store their eggs for a decade or longer.
Does health insurance cover this fertility treatment cost?
Though it depends on the insurance plan, the answer is most often No. Texas law requires insurance companies to offer coverage for infertility treatments. But egg freezing is generally considered an elective procedure, so it is not often covered by insurance companies.
However, some private companies do offer such coverage in their health insurance plans. In addition, some plans may cover parts of the expenses, like ultrasounds and blood work. It’s important for patients to check with their insurers about coverage for the procedure.
Egg freezing is worth the investment in your future
Although egg freezing has costs associated with it, fertility preservation can provide peace of mind, which is priceless. For women who are not yet ready to start a family, for whatever reason, egg freezing can help them delay childbearing until the time is right.
As for the best time to undergo egg freezing, we recommend that sooner is better than later. A woman in her 20s will generally produce more and higher-quality eggs than a woman in her 30s or 40s. As a result, it is better to freeze eggs at a younger age.
To learn more about egg freezing costs, contact Dallas IVF to schedule a consultation. Egg freezing can give patients the power to preserve their fertility.