The Ministry of Health allows women to have their eggs frozen in order to preserve their fertility so they can be thawed and fertilized in the future.
- The process is intended for women for whom medical treatments or other medical circumstances are liable to impact their fertility, and for women between the ages of 30 and 41 who are interested in fertility preservation even without a medical reason.
Who is Eligible?
- Women interested in cryopreservation of their eggs in order to preserve them for later use by means of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- The process is designed for two main purposes:
- Fertility preservation for medical reasons.
- Fertility preservation for non-medical reasons for women between the ages of 30 and 41.
Fertility Preservation for Medical Reasons
- Recognized medical reasons that justify cryopreservation of eggs:
- During fertility treatments:
- Couples where the male partner's sperm has issues with regard to quality or sperm count
- Women responding poorly to the treatment - for purposes of creating an egg repository
- Inability to provide sperm on the day of extraction
- Severe endometriosis
- Abscess on internal genitalia undergoing treatment
- Increased risk of early amenorrhea:
- Carriers of Fragile X premutation
- Presence of increased early amenorrhea risk signs
- Women suffering from autoimmune diseases, chromosomal syndromes or other illnesses that have been proven to increase risk of early amenorrhea.
- Women about to undergo surgery:
- Preventative oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) (BRCA carriers)
- Surgery that is liable to require an oophorectomy
- During fertility treatments:
Fertility Preservation for Non-Medical Reasons
- As of 2011, egg freezing may also be performed without medical reasons.
- Women between the ages of 30 and 41 are entitled to preserve their eggs.
- The treatment limit in such cases is up to 4 extractions or procurement of 20 eggs (the earlier of the two).
- Women who have begun treatment before turning 41 are entitled to continue until reaching the maximum number of treatments (or until 20 eggs are procured), as long as the process is performed in a continuous manner in accordance with accepted medical standards.
How to Claim It?
- Fertility preservation treatments are provided in hospital in-vitro fertilization units.
- For a listing of in-vitro fertilization units that have received Ministry of Health approval for cryopreservation of eggs, see the Ministry of Health Website
- Women must sign an informed consent form before beginning treatment.
Funding the Process
- The treatment is given as part of The Healthcare Basket in the following situations:
- Girls, young women or women that are about to receive chemotherapy or radiation treatments that may effect their fertility. Fertility preservation treatments are given in order to help couples have a first and second child in their current marriage, and to girls, young women or women who have no children.
- Women, who meet the requirements, up to age 39 that are at high risk for early menopause. For additional information see the Ministry of Health's Kol HaBriut website.
- For information on coverage through supplemental insurance policies in other situations see the Ministry of Health's Kol HaBriut website.
- Fertility preservation that are done for non-medical reasons must be privately financed by the woman. For details on treatment costs see the Ministry of Health price list.
- Frozen eggs will be preserved in the in-vitro fertilization unit for a period of 5 years.
- At the conclusion of 5 years from the date the eggs were frozen, if the woman does not inform the unit in advance regarding her desire to continue preserving the eggs for an additional period of time, the unit is permitted to stop preserving the eggs 60 days after sending a notification regarding this to the patient.
- If the unit has not been paid for cryopreservation of the eggs, it is permitted to stop preserving the eggs 60 days after sending a notification regarding this to the patient.
- Cessation of preservation of eggs requires Ministry of Health approval.
- Chen Patient Fertility Association
- Kivunim - Information Center for Medical Rights
- Bonei Olam
- Puah Institute - Helping couples with fertility, medicine, and Jewish Law
Laws and Regulations
- Medical Administration Circular No. 1/2011, 09.01.2011 - Freezing eggs for the purpose of preserving a woman's fertility.
- The National Health Insurance Law
- Public Health Regulations (Invitro Fertilization), 5747-1987
- Original information provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.