Posted on 02/19/2019 in Fertility Treatment Options

Prices for Egg Freezing in USA vs Europe vs Others

Prices for Egg Freezing in USA vs Europe vs Others

Updated March 2019. Freezing eggs for future use is becoming a popular trend among women either because they have not found a perfect husband or that they are not yet ready to build a family. The idea behind this is that when the woman is eventually ready to build a family if her current egg cannot get her pregnant with her husband, she can thaw the frozen egg, fertilize it with her husband’s sperm and artificially inseminate it into her womb to get pregnant.

Roughly 5000 women in the US make use of the egg freezing procedure according to Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a medical director of the egg bank at Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta.

Categories of women that do egg freezing

Oocyte cryopreservation also known as egg freezing is used by three groups of women:

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer and are yet to go for chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment

Women who need assisted reproductive technologies that want to make use of embryo freezing option;

Women who want to preserve their future ability to have children, either because they are yet to find a suitable partner or for medical or personal reasons.

Cost of Egg freezing in the US

The cost of egg freezing in the US is roughly between 9,000 dollars and 15,000 dollars just for official visits, extraction surgery, and freezing. The cost does not include medications and storage nor does it include the cost of thawing and fertilization eventually when the woman is ready to use the frozen egg. Egg freezing is by a standard not covered by insurance apart from that of women who are freezing their egg to go for cancer treatment. Currently, a lot of practitioners that engage in traditional egg freezing are trying to implement different pricing options. The increasing competition in the industry is making a lot of fertility clinics to bring down the pricing of traditional egg freezing to as low as between four thousand and five thousand dollars.

Minimal stimulation egg freezing option

There is another form of egg freezing procedure that is less expensive than the traditional egg freezing procedure. This form of egg freezing is referred to as minimal stimulation procedure and makes use of less costly and controversial drug routine. It is not yet widespread in the US but has to be in use in Europe and Japan for a while. A fertility clinic in St. Louis that engages in minimal stimulation charges two thousand dollars for minimal stimulation. The procedure makes use of roughly one-tenth of the number of drugs used in the traditional egg retrieval processes. The benefit of this procedure is that it eliminates the risk of overstimulation while the downside of it is that it yields a minimal amount of eggs compared to the standard egg retrieval.

The additional cost for medications while using this procedure is roughly 500 dollars to 1,000 dollars as opposed to between 2,000 dollars to 4,000 dollars in a standard egg retrieval and freezing process.

A fertility clinic in Manhattan that also does these Minimal stimulation charges between five thousand dollars to nine thousand dollars for egg freezing.

Minimal stimulation is a valuable alternative to the traditional drug procedure. It will give more women an opportunity to freeze their egg if it is undertaken by more fertility clinics.

Comparing egg freezing prices

Fertility clinics have different ways of factoring their costs. Before comparing prices, you need to find out all that is included in the cost.

Apart from medication costs, blood tests could cost roughly 100 dollars or 63 pounds or 76 Euros. Initial consultation fee could cost about 300 dollars or 190 pounds or 230 euro equivalent. Initial consultation fee can go as high as five hundred dollars and this will make your bill to soar high if you did not originally take that into consideration.

Again, donor sperm and eggs, ICSI, assisted hatching, embryo freezing, and storage can go as high as between two hundred dollars to five hundred dollars or between 125 to 320 pounds and between 155 to 390 euro respectively.

When comparing the cost of egg freezing, try to find out from the fertility clinic what the cost embraces to make the compares more significant.

Cost of egg freezing in the UK, US and other European countries

The cost of just the egg freezing procedure with the exception of the embryo transfer in U.S, U.K and other European countries falls roughly from 5,000 dollars to 12,000 dollars. This also excludes the fertility medications with costs ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 dollars. Also, the cost of egg storage can range from 100 dollars to over 1,000 dollars.

The costs of egg freezing in other countries that are popular for medical tourism differ. In India for example, the cost of egg freezing is roughly 700 dollars and this cost includes Vitrification cost and excludes fertility medications. The cost of egg freezing in addition to fertility medications in India is roughly 1420 dollars while the cost of 180 dollars applies for one-year storage of the egg.

Other popular countries for medical tourism like the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Cyprus charge less for egg freezing than the US, UK, and Spain. You may pay low for egg freezing abroad but you ought to incorporate your travel cost into the overall cost and cost of annual storage to make a fair comparison and decide which is more favorable given the cost, the quality of services and success rates.

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