Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Egg Freezing Storage Fees: It's Time to Pay Up

Since completing the egg freezing process, I've been anxiously awaiting my first bill for storage fees.  I'm not gonna lie,  I may have called the fertility clinic a couple times to double check my billing address.  I was only slightly paranoid that my invoice was lost in the mail and the nine eggs I worked so hard to get were tragically defrosting in some dark corner of the lab....poor, little, shriveled, eggs....Of course, that's not the case and if I let it my mind wander too far, it makes up all kinds of ridiculous stories.

I finally got the invoice and I've never been so happy to pay a bill in my entire life!  From my research, I knew the average cost for storage fees ranged from $400-$600 a year.  I was pleasantly surprised to see my total amount for a year of storage....Guess how much it was?  $365.  Yep, a dollar a day to store those babies!  Totally worth it!

A few interesting facts about egg freezing storage:
  • There are two ways eggs are frozen: a slow freezing method and a flash freezing process called vitrification.
  • Eggs are stored in small vials, in liquid nitrogen, which stops all activities in the cells, at -196 degrees Celsius (just like in the photo above).
  • Most doctors believe that eggs can be frozen safely up to 10 years.  However, others believe that if they are frozen and maintained at the correct temperature, which keeps them at their peak, eggs can be stored indefinitely.

For those who have frozen their eggs, how much was your first bill for storage fees?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing Jenni! I had no idea on the cost of storage.