Egg-freezing: costs, process, and ovarian reserve testing

Egg freezing can’t guarantee a future pregnancy, but it does give you more options down the road by preserving the quantity and quality of your eggs today. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

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How much does egg freezing cost?

What you can expect to pay for egg freezing depends on several important factors:

  1. What your insurance plan covers
  2. How many rounds of egg retrieval you end up needing (not all eggs will be viable)
  3. How long you need to store your frozen eggs
  4. What you plan on doing with your eggs once they’re thawed

On average, according to FertilityIQ, the entire procedure, including an average 2.1 of rounds of extraction and storage, costs $30,000-$40,000.

If you’re thinking about freezing your eggs, the best way to predict costs is to test your anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) levels (more on that below!) and discuss your results with a fertility specialist.

Costs associated with IVF stages
Cost of egg freezing

How might egg freezing costs change over time?

Because the number of eggs you have diminishes as you age, you can expect more rounds of egg retrieval to get enough viable embryos for procedures like in-vitro fertilization (IVF). 

That said, everyone’s fertility curve is unique. Continuing to test your AMH levels will give you a better idea of your rate of ovarian reserve decline — and, with Modern Fertility, you’ll get a recommended testing cadence based on your results. (Source: Human Reproduction)

Number of eggs retrieved per cycle
Eggs retrieved changes by age

What does the egg freezing process look like?

There are four major steps you can expect as part of the process:

  1. Consultation: You’ll undergo a series of tests and exams to come up with your unique plan of action with your reproductive endocrinologist (REI).
  2. Stimulation: You’ll be given birth control to time your cycle, injections to stimulate growth of your follicles, medication to stop your ovulation before retrieval, and, finally, a trigger shot (the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG) to get your eggs ready for retrieval. 
  3. Egg retrieval: After being put under general anesthesia, your doctor will use a vaginal probe with a needle inside to access your follicles (the fluid-filled sacs that house and mature your eggs) — and then the embryologist will go egg hunting. Once they collect as many eggs as they can, you’ll go to the recovery room and wait to find out how many were retrieved.
  4. Egg freezing: Several hours after retrieval, only your fully matured eggs will be frozen in liquid nitrogen (a procedure called vitrification). If there aren’t enough mature eggs to freeze and use for procedures like IVF, you’ll need more rounds of retrieval.
Comparing egg freezing vs IVF processes
Egg-freezing process, step by step.
How do you know if freezing your eggs is right for you?

Although you can’t know for sure how many mature eggs you’ll retrieve during the egg freezing process, measuring your AMH levels can help you predict your chances of success. AMH levels are a reliable marker of ovarian reserve, or how many eggs you have. (Source: National Institute of Health)

Modern Fertility makes at-home ovarian reserve testing easy. With a simple finger-prick blood test, you can measure your AMH levels — along with up to seven other hormones related to reproductive health — for just $159. 

We’ll also include a personalized report that breaks down what your AMH level suggests in terms of egg freezing success rates in the future.

Freezing your eggs
Testing your Ovarian Reserve before egg freezing is a good first step
Is there a test to predict egg freezing success rates?

Not exactly, but Modern Fertility measures your AMH levels using the same test that a specialist at a fertility clinic would use — the difference is you can do it from the comfort of your couch for a fraction of the price. 

With our test, you’ll also get access to:

  • Physician-reviewed reports based on your results, including one on egg freezing and IVF (which will give you insight into your potential success rates)
  • A free 1:1 consult with our fertility nurse
  • Online tools to track hormone changes over time and help you plan your timeline for kids
  • Access to our weekly live Q&As
  • An invite to the Modern Community to connect with others and get your questions answered
Egg freezing and IVF online results
Get a physician-approved report on potential egg freezing outcomes

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