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How much is egg freezing in California?

PFCLA
29 Jul 2021

Many insurance providers consider egg freezing an ‘optional’ procedure, and plans typically don’t cover the costs of egg freezing. 

Still, women looking to preserve fertility and stop their biological clocks can pursue egg or embryo freezing with different pricing plans and packages. 

Let’s cover what egg freezing costs and what to expect.

The cost of egg freezing in the U.S.

Also known as Oocyte Cryopreservation, egg freezing's costs vary depending on where you live. At the end of the day, the cost of egg freezing ranges from $6,000 and $10,000 per freezing cycle for California residents plus the cost of medications, which are billed to you directly by the pharmacy.

Medications are typically around $3,000 to $6,000, depending on how much your body needs. Storage is an additional cost of $700-$1,000 a year. If you need to go through more than one cycle most clinics offer a discount for purchasing multiple cycles upfront.

Each freezing cycle produces an average of ten to 20 eggs frozen per each cycle, but the number can vary widely depending on your age and any fertility issues that you may experience. 

Egg freezing procedures

Often intended parents will undergo multiple cycles (the average is 2.1 cycles) until enough eggs are produced for as many live births as the intended parents desire. 

When you pay for an egg freezing cycle, the necessary services include the following:

  • Ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval preparation
  • The egg retrieval. Depending on the impact of fertility medications, multiple egg retrievals may be necessary. 
  • Egg freezing (Cryopreservation). 
  • Anesthesia.
  • Frozen storage. Different fertility clinics will charge different costs to store eggs until ready for use. 
  • Fertilization (if freezing embryos)
  • Egg culture

There are additional fees required for egg freezing, which include:

  • Fertility clinic fees, like consultations and monitoring. 
  • Preliminary testing to ensure you’re a good candidate for IVF or assisted reproductive technologies.
  • Fertility drugs needed for egg retrieval and assisted reproductive technologies that range from $3,000 to $6,000. 

Planning for all of these costs will help you get an accurate estimate. 

The costs of egg freezing in California

The cost of egg freezing ranges by location. Within California, egg freezing is typically more expensive due to advanced success rates and outcomes on the West Coast. 

At Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles, our egg freezing options cost around $7,000 for a single cycle, $12,000 for two cycles, and $17,000 for three cycles. This includes: 

  • Coordination
  • In-cycle ultrasound exams
  • In-cycle blood testing 
  • Egg retrieval 
  • Anesthesia
  • Egg freezing 
  • One year of complimentary storage 

However, there are a few services not included within this package:

  • Testing prior to treatment, which may be covered by our insurance provider. This often ranges from $500 to $1,000. 
  • Fertility medications. This often ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 and is billed directly to you by the fertility pharmacy. 

The cost of embryo freezing in California

Embryo freezing is the process of fertilizing eggs after retrieval and freezing them as embryos. 

At PFCLA, embryo freezing is $9,000 for one cycle, $16,500 for two cycles, and $22,000 for three cycles. These fees include: 

  • Coordination
  • In-cycle ultrasound exams
  • In-cycle blood tests
  • Egg retrieval
  • Anesthesia
  • Sperm collection and preparation
  • Embryo creation and vitrification
  • Embryo freezing 
  • One year of complimentary storage

Excluded costs around egg freeing at PFCLA include: 

  • Testing prior to treatment, which may be covered by your insurance. This often ranges from $500 to $1,500.
  • Fertility medications may also be covered by insurance. This costs between $3,500 and $5,000.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) at $1,500 
  • Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), which is $5,000 for eight embryos, then $250 for additional embryos.
  • Embryo transfer(s) vary depending on the number of transfers purchased. For one frozen embryo transfer intended parents can expect to pay around $4,500 plus excluded costs. 

How to prepare for egg freezing costs 

Because egg freezing is an elective process that most people pay for out-of-pocket, PFCLA offers different payment plan options to cater to your financial needs. Here at PFCLA, we are committed to helping every patient pay for their treatment through various payment plans. 

Some options for payment include insurance, fertility loan financing through CapexMD, and our PFCLA access plans. To learn about your payment options book a consultation and we’ll cover the various financial options. 

If you have any questions about payment options for your egg freezing treatment at PFCLA, please feel free to contact us for further information.

Note: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information provided is for general educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Speak to your doctor directly with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Any information contained herein does not replace any care plan as determined by a physician. 

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