Your Fertility.
Your Decision.

Age affects our fertility more than any other factor – egg freezing preserves today’s fertility for the future.

You are born with all the eggs you’ll ever have

1-2 million

Number of egg cells a woman is born with

95%

At age 35, a woman has already lost 95% of her egg cell reserve.

Age is the strongest indicator for fertility

Not only the number but also the quality of egg cells decreases with age. This is measured primarily by the increase in genetic changes and miscarriages with age.

Ageing of egg cells and its impact on chromosomal disorders and miscarriages rate

How does the treatment actually work?

1. Cycle Diagnostics

A fertility clinic is usually carrying out the first tests to determine your individual hormone levels. The results are used to define the dosage of the fertility medication during the treatment. The aim is to understand how many egg cells your body can produce by stimulating with hormones.

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2. Hormonal Stimulation

Based on your treatment plan, you can start the daily hormone injections at the beginning of the new cycle. These will help your body to produce a larger number of egg cells. This happens over a time window of approx. 2 weeks until you inject yourself with the so-called ‘trigger shot’.

3. Surgical Extraction

After 36 hours, your egg cells will be extracted via follicle puncture. Your fertility doctor vaginally inserts a needle to puncture the follicles in the ovaries and extract the cells. The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes and is performed under a light anesthesia. You can usually leave the fertility clinic an hour after the procedure.

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4. Cryopreservation

In the operating room, the doctor hands over the fluid extracted from the follicles to a biologist who examines them carefully. All mature egg cells will be cryopreserved (frozen). This is mainly done by a rapid freezing process called vitrification.

What are the costs?

The costs depend on various factors: your age, your individual hormone levels, or the fertility clinic treating you. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to freeze about as many egg cells as you are old. This can rarely be achieved with just a single cycle.

On average, the costs for the first cycle (including medication) are between 3,500 and 5,000 Euros. On top of that, there are annual fees of 300-400 Euros for long-term storage. The biggest cost drivers are:

Treatment and extraction
Medication
Cryopreservation
  • Treatment and collection

  • Medication

  • Cryopreservation

*The Social Freezing treatment is not covered by the German statutory health insurance and is a purely private service. However, fertility centers charge for their services according to the regulated ‘Gebührenordnung für Ärzte’ (GOÄ).

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