On average, egg freezing patients will spend $30,000 - $40,000 on treatment and storage. This consists of two major drivers: the $15,000 to $20,000 cost per cycle and the number of cycles (on average 2.1) each woman undergoes.
On a per-cycle basis, the critical line items include the cost of medical treatment, the cost of medication, and the cost to store your frozen eggs. Each vary by clinic and patient.
We’ve come to notice meaningful regional differences and, when we account for these, our city-by-city breakdown looks like the following:
On average, women elect to do more than two egg freezing cycles and best we can tell older women are far more likely to do multiple cycles.
Given the costs and inconvenience of egg freezing, why would women consider doing multiple cycles? The data strongly suggests, as this Spanish clinic observed (and others have corroborated) that the more eggs a woman freezes, the higher the likelihood that those eggs could lead to a live birth.
Women who froze their eggs at an older age will likely require more eggs be stored than younger women to have the same odds those eggs will work, by nearly a factor of two, and the older woman will likely retrieve fewer eggs per cycle.
Suppose a 25-year-old, 30-year-old, and 38-year-old woman decide to freeze their eggs. To keep our lives simple, let’s presume each cycle costs $15,000 for treatment and medication.
Let’s assume the 25 and 30-year-old each retrieve 15 eggs on their first retrieval, consult the data from the Spanish study and decide to stop after that retrieval.
Let’s assume the 38-year-old retrieves 6 to 8 eggs on her first retrieval, consults the data from the Spanish study, is not satisfied and does two more cycles to reach a number of eggs she’s happier with, say 20 eggs. Below are the costs they’ve accrued to this point.
Patients pay annual fees to keep their eggs frozen. The total spent is a function of how long they stored their eggs, in what type of facility, and in which city. Here is a breakdown of how these costs can add up if the eggs are stored onsite at a clinic.
Let’s presume these women store their eggs in NYC until their 40th birthday. Below is an updated tally for how much they will have spent by this point.
Today, 10 - 15% of women who have frozen their eggs have returned back to use them. If a woman decides to return to use her eggs and they successfully thaw, she will incur a one-time cost of $1,500 - $3,000 to fertilize her eggs with ICSI (required), a one-time cost of roughly $3,000 to grow her embryos (required), a one-time cost of $5,000 to have her embryos genetically tested (optional), and a per-transfer cost of $3,000 to have embryos transferred (required).
The chart below gives you a sense for how these costs can range. For a woman doing a single transfer with no genetic testing, she’ll pay $7,500. For a woman who does genetic testing and needs three transfers, the costs could be closer to $20,000.
For simplicity sake, let’s presume each woman spends about $10,000 to have her eggs warmed, fertilized, her embryos grown, and then transferred. Below is how the total costs of freezing eggs, and using them, now looks, for each woman.