Egg freezing is an exciting technology. Freezing younger eggs can make a huge difference to whether a woman will be able to have not just one baby but her own biological family after the age of 35.
The technology is sound – but one truth is certain: what goes in is what comes out. Experts are well aware that younger women (25 to 34) are the best candidates for elective egg freezing; when they have higher numbers of excellent quality eggs.
But in recent times many younger women have despaired at the cost of treatment. For some women, high up-front treatment costs make accessing elective egg freezing out of their financial reach. Even women who have chosen to freeze eggs may have been limited in the number of eggs they could afford to save for the future as choosing to have several cycles of treatment became too expensive.
Thankfully, egg freezing is getting cheaper. Here’s how the new changes can potentially benefit younger women who choose to freeze eggs.
Previously, all women wishing to have their eggs frozen at Women’s Health Melbourne in partnership with Melbourne IVF paid approximately $9,990 for their treatment – which included all aspects of treatment, surgical and clinical procedures, drug costs, hospital admission costs, anaesthetist’s costs, long term egg storage etc.
To make egg freezing fairer for younger women, the following changes have recently been made.
Reducing Melbourne IVF treatment cycle fees
There is no getting away from the fact that egg freezing technology is expensive, but women need to know exactly why this is. Separating out the elements of egg freezing helps women to better understand their investment. It also allows providers to strategize and analyze how costs can best be reduced to help women afford egg freezing.
Women’s Health Melbourne, in partnership with Melbourne IVF has reduced egg freezing cycle costs to $4990. This includes nurse and counseling appointments at Melbourne IVF, ultrasound scans, blood tests and consultations with Dr Raelia Lew while you are undertaking active treatment, Dr Lew’s surgical fees to retrieve your eggs and Melbourne IVF laboratory technology treatment costs.
Women who need to have three or more treatment cycles can access reduced costs of $3990 for their third cycle onwards. This fee reduction has been undertaken to allow more patients to freeze a really meaningful number of eggs, hopefully helping them to have a baby.
Medications, hospital and anaesthetists fees and egg storage costs are now paid separately. This change will reduce up-front costs for younger women who freeze eggs and also women with private health insurance.
Reducing medication costs for younger women:
A major factor in the cost of egg freezing is medication costs, which are usually between $1500 and $3000 per cycle. How much medication you need depends on your ovarian reserve. Younger women who have more eggs often need less medication. Allowing women to source the medications they need for a pharmacy is advantageous to younger women and women with a high AMH, as their overall costs of medications will offer be less than fixed ‘average’ costs (previously accounted for in egg freezing treatment fees where medications were supplied by IVF providers).
This move may well stimulate competition between pharmaceutical companies and dispensers, and may over time further reduce the costs of medication for all women who choose to freeze eggs.
Choosing the right private health insurance can reduce the cost of egg freezing for women
Previously, private hospital admission costs and anaesthetist fees of approximately $1200 were included in global costs for elective egg freezing. These cost are now charged separately but may be covered by private health insurance companies for women who have the right level of private health insurance cover.
If you are thinking about egg freezing – you can now consider investing in private health insurance that will reduce your cost of treatment.
Some medication costs may also be claimable with private health cover.
Reducing up front costs of egg freezing by charging storage as you need it
Previously, long-term storage costs for egg freezing were included in the $9990 up front Melbourne IVF treatment costs . Instead, now a storage fee of $210 will be charged “as you go” every six months.
Over time as women’s demand for egg freezing treatment increases, technology advances further and treatment processes become more efficient and streamlined, it is very hopeful that cost burden will not be the deciding factor for women thinking about freezing their eggs.