Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is a proactive method of fertility preservation. NCFMC uses the most advanced techniques available.

Costs of Egg Freezing

Global Plan Fee $10,000.00
Cryopreservation $ 1,500.00
1st year Storage of Vitrified Eggs $       0.00
Total NCFMC Fees $11,500.00

ADDITIONAL FEES (as applicable):

Annual Oocyte Storage for first 9 years:   $600.00

Annual Oocyte Storage for 10 or more years: $1,500

IVF -Estimated medications (purchased from pharmacy) per cycle:  $3,800 – $5,000

*The above fee schedule does not include the cost of pre-cycle testing, fertility medications, frozen embryo transfers. 


There is a $500 discount for a second Egg Freezing Cycle and a $1,000 discount if a third cycle is necessary.

Patients must complete cycle #1, 2 & 3 within a one year period to meet eligibility requirements for cycle #2 & 3 discounted rates.

*Fees are subject to change without notice. Please be advised fees listed may not reflect current pricing structure. Please contact the NCFMC Financial Department for the most current cost estimates.

All About Egg Freezing

Egg freezing – also called oocyte cryopreservation or egg vitrification – is a proactive method of fertility preservation that has become increasingly popular.

Women who choose fertility preservation undergo the first few steps involved in IVF: ovarian reserve testing (to see whether you have enough eggs), ovarian stimulation using injectable fertility medication and egg retrieval. The eggs are instantly frozen into a glass-like, rather than crystallized, form. These vitrified eggs are stored until you are ready to start your family.

Are You a Candidate for Egg Freezing?

Typically, women who participate in fertility preservation:

  • Have a Cancer Diagnosis. Egg vitrification was developed primarily for women between the ages of 13 and 40, and who have a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment regimen that is known to compromise fertility. Thanks to Senate Bill 600 private health insurance companies must cover the costs associated with sperm preservation as well as egg freezing procedures. SB 600 also covers the initial consultations and office visits related to those procedures.
  • Are Focused on Their Career. Age affects a woman’s egg quantity and quality. After age 35, both of these female fertility factors diminish rapidly. If you are on the career path, and are sure you won’t be ready to start a family until your mid- to late-30s or beyond, fertility preservation can notably increase your fertility chances.
  • Haven’t Found Their Life Mate. Similarly, women who are in their early- to mid-thirties and are still single often worry about their biological clock. Egg freezing allows you to freeze your eggs “just in case,” which can significantly relieve the pressure to find “The One.”

At What Age Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Age (years)
< 32 Usually too young to worry.
32 – 36 Ideal age to freeze eggs.
37 – 38 Clock is ticking.
39 – 40 Maybe too late.
41+ Usually too late.
Cancer: Any age 13 – 40 years old.

How Involved is the Process?egg freezing

In most cases, the egg freezing process takes about three weeks from start to finish.

The first step is to evaluate egg quantity via the combined results of two tests: an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test (done by blood draw).  We will then do an Antral Follicle Count using a vaginal ultrasound. The results of these tests will give us a good idea of your ovarian (egg) reserves. The ultimate goal is to retrieve 20 to 30 eggs.

You will use injectable fertility meds (gonadotropins) for about 10 days, to stimulate multiple eggs to mature in your ovaries. We’ll teach you how to do these injections in our office, but you can administer the daily injections on your own at home.

Over the course of two weeks, including the 10 days of injectable medications, you will have four to five different ultrasound visits (30-minutes each).

When it is time to retrieve the eggs, you’ll return to the office for a 15-minute egg retrieval procedure. We use an ultrasound probe to obtain a clear picture of the ovaries. Then, a specialized needle is inserted through the vaginal wall to retrieve eggs from each follicle. Because you are given mild IV sedation to help you remain calm, alert and pain-free, we recommend taking the rest of the day off.

For women with a low antral follicle count or an AMH < 1, then it is sometimes necessary to undergoing two cycles of medications and egg retrievals in order to obtain an adequate number of eggs for freezing.

Success Rates with Egg Freezing/Vitrification

The success rate of a live birth with egg freezing and IVF are estimated by age:

  • < 38 years old: about 80% chance of a live birth per 20 eggs vitrified.
  • 38 – 40 years old: about 70% chance of a live birth per 30 eggs vitrified.


If you have questions and/or feel you are a candidate for egg freezing, contact us here at Northern California Fertility Medical Center. (916) 773-2229. We’re happy to speak with you by phone or you can schedule a consultation with one of our renowned fertility specialists.

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