Egg freezing on the NHS is usually reserved for people with conditions such as cancer, where chemotherapy could affect their fertility.
Patients being considered for egg freezing need to meet a set of criteria. In England, this is decided by the Clinical Commissioning Group
in your area. Fertility Network UK helps you navigate NHS funding options for fertility treatments by country:
Most people won’t qualify for NHS funding and will need to go through a private clinic.
The cost of freezing your eggs can range between £3,000-5,000 for one cycle. There’s a chance you’ll need to go through more than one cycle to gather enough eggs, so that figure can multiply. Add to that the separate cost of medication and your annual fee for storing the eggs (between £150-400) and the numbers really begin to mount.
You also need to consider future costs for IVF treatment rounds if and when you’re ready to use your eggs. Prices vary from clinic to clinic, but a single cycle of IVF treatment can cost £5,000.
Beware: some clinics might leave out ‘extra’ costs in their quote for egg freezing so make sure you ask them for a full break-down before comparing costs between clinics.