Egg Freezing Cost and Success Rates

In 1986 first baby was born with the help of Egg Freezing. Success rates were very low at that time. Israel National Bioethics Council (INBC) permitted egg freezing in December 2009 to prevent disease and age related fertility decline.

What is Egg Freezing ?

In the process of egg freezing, some hormones are injected into women for two weeks, and then doctor retrieves the mature egg cells from ovary with the help of a needle. These egg cells are frozen for use in future. The unique thing about this technology is that its practiced on healthy fertile women. After several years when the women want to be pregnant, the eggs are thawed, injected with a single sperm to fertilize it, and then transferred into the uterus as embryos.

Who should use Egg Freezing

  • Egg Freezing is used as an insurance against age related infertility. Those who want babies after entering 40's but fearing infertility at that time, may use this technology to store the female egg cells when she is in 30's .
  • Egg freezing has given a chance to those women who are diagnosed positive for cancer and want to preserve eggs prior to chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. It gives them a chance to retrieve the healthy egg cell again in future and use it for a better pregnancy.

Egg Freezing Cost

The cost of egg freezing consists of three types of expenditures. First is retrieval of egg cells. It costs $10000 to $17000 per cycle. Some women may need to go through it twice to collect enough number of eggs. Second expenditure is in storage. It may cost upto $3000 for five years. Final expenditure on making these egg cells usable again costs from $3400 to $6800. All these expenditure are currently not covered under any type of Insurance Policy.

Egg freezing Success Rate

Out of every 10 frozen eggs only 5 to 6 result into successful fertilization and becoming embryos. So doctors suggest to freeze at least 10 egg cells for a successful pregnancy in future. Maximum storage time for egg cells in frozen state successfully practiced till now is 10 years. Researches have shown that the egg quality and embryo quality after its fertilization is not decreased due to this time period. This storage time is expected to increase in future.

Egg freezing is becoming a market that is stratified, globalized, and part of a larger bioeconomy. The potential merits and demerits of egg freezing and its possible social and legal consequences are yet to be researched.

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