There is no way around it — the cost of freezing your eggs is expensive. You have to decide for yourself whether it is worth the financial risk.
There are no guarantees with egg freezing. It is more like buying an insurance policy for your future fertility. But as with every insurance policy, there is fine print, and in the end it may not provide the assistance it was meant to. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) still considers the process “experimental” and does not endorse its use for social reasons.
Having your eggs frozen requires the same process as an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Your ovaries are stimulated with fertility drugs, and then the eggs are surgically retrieved. ASRM lists the average price of an IVF cycle as $12,400; however, it is unclear whether this includes fertility drugs or not.
Depending on the fertility clinic and where you live in the United States, an egg freezing cycle can cost anywhere from $6,500 on the low end to $18,000 on the high end. And you may need additional cycles in order to retrieve enough eggs.
The above fee might include the medical fees, science fees and service fees, as well as the first year of storage (which costs approximately $1 a day or several hundred dollars each year). However, the cost of fertility drugs during the cycle may be an additional $3,000 to $5,000 per cycle. And these are just the costs to retrieve, freeze and store the eggs, not to thaw them and transfer them to uterus.
Yes, egg freezing is a significant financial investment. Is it worth it? Well, just like with any investment, there are no guarantees, but in the end, the pay-off could be very big.