Women between the ages of 30 and 41 are entitled to freeze their eggs in order to preserve them for later use by means of in vitro fertilization (IVF)
These treatments are included in the healthcare basket and are funded by the health plans
- Women and girls undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment that is liable to impact their fertility may undergo procedures included in the healthcare basket intended to preserve fertility.
- Fertility preservation treatments for these patients are included in the healthcare basket as of January 2011.
Treatments Included in the Healthcare Basket
- Treatments from among the following options may be received as part of the healthcare basket:
Oocyte Cryopreservation Not Included in the Healthcare Basket
- As of January 2011, the Ministry of Health has approved cryopreservation of eggs for women ages 31 to 40 in order to preserve them for later use by means of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Medical necessity is not required.
- Funding of the cryopreservation is not covered by the healthcare basket.
- There are also medical reasons for which the Ministry of Health has approved cryopreservation of eggs for women who are not between the ages of 31 and 40, including for women currently undergoing fertility treatments, at increased risk for early menopause, or who will undergo surgery which might necessitate an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries).
Who is Eligible?
- Women undergoing a treatment that is liable to impact their fertility are entitled to treatments included in the healthcare basket.
- According to the healthcare basket regulations, this treatment may be provided for the birth of a first child, and a second child for the spouse if the couple has no children together. For the purposes of preserving fertility, it may also be provided to a young woman or girl without children.
- Women between the ages of 31 and 40 interested in cryopreservation of their eggs for fertility purposes.
How to Claim It?
- Fertility preservation treatments are provided in hospital invitro fertilization units.
- Women must sign an informed consent form before beginning treatment.
- Frozen eggs will be preserved in the invitro fertilization unit for a period of 5 years.
- If at the conclusion of 5 years from the date the eggs were frozen, 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.
Laws and Regulations
- Listing of in vitro fertilization units that have received Ministry of Health approval for cryopreservation of eggs
- Medical Administration Circular 1/2011 from 09.01.2011 regarding cryopreservation of eggs for purposes of fertility preservation
- Original information provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.