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Your Guide to Comparing Clinics

Welcome to the Freeze Compare Clinics Tool! Here’s everything you need to know to search egg freezing clinics and their prices.

Are all egg freezing clinics included? We included clinics in 7 major US metro areas, however, we may not have included all clinics in those cities. For example, if we weren’t able to get pricing from a clinic, we didn’t include them in our listing.

Is it accurate? The pricing listed here was as accurate as we could find at the time we collected it. We refresh our database regularly, and also ask clinics to verify their pricing and update us if it changes. But, you should always confirm the pricing with your clinic before you agree to any services. (Also, if you find that our pricing wasn’t accurate - let us know so we can update it for future Freeze-ers!)

Clinics with a ✔ are Freeze-verified, meaning they have verified their pricing and info to be up-to-date.

What about insurance? We’ve listed a simple “yes/no” for whether the clinic has told us if they accept any major insurance plans. You’ll still need to ask if they accept your specific plan. While it’s always great to check, it’s very unlikely your insurance will cover any part of this procedure, except potentially the initial consult. When planning your budget for a cycle of egg freezing, we recommend budgeting to pay cash for the entire amount, since that’s what the vast majority of women pay.

What about loans/financing? Yes, egg freezing is expensive! You’re easily looking at a $10,000 upfront expense, if not more. We’ve listed a simple “yes/no” for whether the clinic has told us if they work with any financing providers. There are companies that specialize in providing loans specifically for fertility treatments that your clinic might work with, so you can pay a monthly or annual fee if you don’t have the entire amount upfront. Soon, we’ll list these providers for you! Let us know if you are interested in Freeze financing.

What are all these costs?! As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to pay the following prices when you freeze your eggs:

  • First Consultation Price, plus any other consultations before you decide to freeze and start a cycle. (Sometimes your doctor will have you come back for one more visit to discuss test results.) We recommend you:

    • Confirm what the cost of this first appointment will be before you book it.

    • Ask if it will include an ultrasound and blood work - this might be extra.

    • Ask if they will want you to come in for another appointment before you start your cycle. Ask what the cost for this appointment would be. Ask if you can do it over the phone or on a Skype call to save time and money.

  • Single Cycle Price, which should include the cost of anesthesia, blood tests, ultrasounds, all consultations, and any other fees related to being monitored by the clinical staff while you are taking your hormones and then having your eggs retrieved in a procedure in the office. We recommend you:

    • Confirm what the cost of a single cycle is before you agree to any services. (You may lose some negotiating power if you ask later in the process.)

    • Ask how long they guarantee this price. (If you can’t come in to freeze for a few months, will they guarantee this price?)

    • Ask what is included in this price, and if there are any other costs you should expect to pay throughout the process - to that clinic, or to anyone else.

      • Many clinics don’t include the cost of anesthesia in the price they quote for a single cycle. This is typically $300-500 extra. Freeze always includes anesthesia in our listed single cycle price, if we were able to get it from the clinic. (You won’t go through a retrieval without anesthesia - trust us on this one.)

  • Medications, coming soon to Freeze! You’ll need to purchase your medications for the cycle from a specialty pharmacy. These are different from the typical CVS or Walgreens you go to to pick up birth control and other meds. They typically cost between $2,000 to $5,000 per cycle.

    • Ask if your clinic has negotiated any discounts with pharmacies for these medications. Ask for a list of those prices.

    • You can estimate whether you’ll be at the low end or the high end of this range based on the results of your initial bloodwork and ultrasound. Hint: if you have more eggs in the tank (usually in your 20s or early 30s) you can probably expect to spend less on medications.

    • There are a few discount programs, sponsored by pharmacies or pharmaceutical companies, that you can apply to for some of these medications. Many of them are based on income level and where you live, but there are also special programs, for example, for active duty military and veterans. Ask your clinic for applications to these programs.

    • Ask your clinic to check whether your health insurance covers any portion of these medications. But, beware: even with your insurance coverage, you might end up paying more out of pocket than just paying cash for the medications - especially if you qualify for a discount program or if your clinic has negotiated discounted pricing with the pharmacy. This is why it’s important to have a list of the prices for cash-paying patients, so you can compare.

  • Annual storage, or long-term storage: Once you finish the retrieval, you’ve got to keep those precious eggs on ice! (OK, it’s liquid nitrogen, but who’s counting.) Most clinics have an option to keep your eggs frozen in their clinic’s office for as long as you need.

    • Ask your clinic if they freeze eggs onsite.

      • How much does it cost per year? Can you get a discount if you pay for multiple years?

      • Ask your clinic if any storage is included in the cost you will pay for a single cycle. Most clinics will include the first year of storage in this price, although some don’t include any, and some include more.

    • If your clinic doesn’t store eggs onsite, or if you want to save money (who doesn’t want that?) if you aren’t planning to use them in the next couple of years, there are a number of “long-term storage options” that specialize in freezing specimens like eggs.

      • Ask your clinic if they have any long-term storage options that they recommend - you can typically save $200-$1,000 per year at one of these facilities. They also often offer deep discounts if you pay upfront for multiple years of storage.

      • If you use a long-term storage facility, you may have to pay for shipping between your clinic and the storage facility. Usually the storage facility will arrange for this. Ask them if they do so and what the cost would be.

      • You may also have to fill out some additional paperwork between your clinic and the long-term storage facility to arrange the transfer of the eggs.

  • Unfreezing, aka using your eggs (optional / down the road). Most of us who freeze our eggs do so as a back-up plan: our first intention is to try to get pregnant naturally when we're ready. However, if you do end up wanting/needing to use your frozen eggs, don’t forget that you will need to pay a fertility clinic to complete the procedure to fertilize and implant your eggs. This is usually several thousand dollars. You can also ask your clinic what they expect the cost might be for this portion of the procedure. You'll only have to pay this if and when you unfreeze.

 

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