Multiple Egg Freezing Cycle Program
The Multiple Egg Freezing Cycle Program (MEFCP) is offered by CHR’s Fertility Preservation Center for women who are considering egg freezing as a way to preserve fertility for the future. For a significantly reduced package cost of $24,700 in comparison to individual per-cycle costs of egg freezing, participants are entitled to four (4) consecutive egg freezing cycles. This fee includes all CHR-related egg freezing cycle costs, but not outside laboratory and medications costs.
Why Multiple Egg Freezing Cycles Are Usually Necessary
How many eggs have to be frozen in order to achieve a reasonable likelihood of pregnancy in the future has not been well established so far. There are a number of reasons why such a seemingly easy answer is still unavailable. Likely the most important reason is that the number of eggs to freeze to establish a similar likelihood of future pregnancy is not the same for all patients, because chances of pregnancy per egg decline with advancing female age. As women get older, they, therefore, have to freeze more eggs. In other words, every age group has to be evaluated separately in order to determine the number of eggs to freeze for a reasonable chance of future pregnancy, and this requires a very large number of patients, which simply have not been available so far.
The issue is further complicated by the fact that women of even the same age do not always produce similar number of eggs in one cycle of egg freezing. Especially women with low functional ovarian reserve (LFOR, also called diminished ovarian reserve, DOR) produce fewer eggs, and often also eggs of poorer quality. Therefore, even within one age group, not everybody needs the same number of eggs to be cryopreserved (frozen).
All of these uncertainties surrounding egg freezing are the principal reason why the procedure is still considered experimental. They are also the reason why current consensus suggests that in young women, approximately 25 oocytes (eggs) should be frozen per single desired pregnancy, and in older women proportionately more.
To obtain so many eggs in a single egg retrieval is highly unusual. This means that most women undergoing egg freezing will need more than one cycle to obtain a necessary minimum number of eggs.
Unfortunately, not only pregnancy chances per egg decline with advancing female age. As women age, they also produce smaller number of eggs per egg freezing cycle. Older women, therefore, face a negative double impact of needing more eggs to achieve a pregnancy and producing fewer in each egg freezing cycle, which translates into the need for increasing egg freezing cycles with advancing age.
How many eggs a woman should freeze will depend on her age and whether her ovaries are functioning age-appropriately. In addition, this number will also depend on how many children she is hoping for from her frozen eggs in the future. A woman who is planning on 2 or 3 children will obviously have to freeze more eggs than a woman who is planning for just one.
Lack of reliable data makes it difficult for even the most experienced fertility specialists to offer patients reliable guidance on expected likelihood of future pregnancy. However, most women will definitely require more than one cycle of egg freezing, and a final number should be agreed on between the patient and physician, based on patient characteristics and expectations, during the early stages of preparing for fertility preservation via egg freezing.
Since most women will require multiple egg retrieval cycles, CHR established the Multiple Egg Freezing Cycle Program (MEFCP) for those women who will need at least 4 egg retrieval/freezing cycles.
Who will primarily benefit from the MEFCP?
- Women above age of 35 years
- Younger women who have lower age-specific ovarian reserve
- Women with normal ovarian reserve who want to have 2 or more children in the future
CHR’s fertility specialists can help women decide whether the MEFCP is the right economic choice for them.
Costs and Conditions
The cost of the MEFCP is $24,700 for all services provided by CHR during the conduct of 4 egg freezing cycles.
|4 cycle egg freezing package price||$24,700.00|
|Anesthesia fee (per cycle)||$350.00|
|Laboratory processing fee (per cycle)||$700.00|
|Frozen egg storage fee per quarter||$250.00|
Patients will incur additional costs for medications and laboratory testing, which will have to be paid directly to the providers of these goods and services.
Full payment is due before the start of the first egg freezing cycle. This program offers no refunds and/or discounts once the patient decides to participate in this package pricing.
An egg freezing cycle starts with the start of treatment (start of gonadotropin stimulation), independent of outcome. This means that a cycle is counted even in cases of:
- Cycle cancellation before egg retrieval;
- If no eggs are retrieved;
- Retrieved eggs are not judged suitable for freezing.
If you are interested in freezing your eggs for fertility preservation purposes, please contact us to see if the MEFCP is the right program for you.
Last Updated: November 15, 2014