Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Egg Freezing
In the past five years or so, egg freezing has gone from a relatively unknown medical procedure to a relevant point of conversation among women in their 20s and 30s. Companies such as Facebook and Apple have made a point to offer to cover the cost of egg freezing services for their employees, and the procedure, which is promoted as an option for women, was not available for past generations.
One of the best ways to learn more about egg freezing is to schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist experienced in the procedure. Individual research is always encouraged, but a fertility specialist can address common questions and concerns. Chelsea Fertility NYC provides egg freezing and fertility preservation services to women who have a range of motivations for pursuing the services. We’ve outlined below the five best questions to ask during a consultation.
- What makes someone a good candidate for egg freezing? From a medical point of view, egg freezing is a viable option for women under the age of 40 with normal hormone levels. The most common age range for women to freeze their eggs is 32-36, but those who are younger or older are certainly candidates as well. Your doctor will ask that you discuss your motivation for freezing your eggs to ensure that this is the recommended course of action for your family planning needs.
- Does the egg freezing process hurt? Understandably, most women are concerned when they are informed that they will need to self-administer injections prior to the retrieval procedure. However, in terms of discomfort, women typically report feeling sore rather than in any type of moderate-to-severe pain throughout the process. Your doctor will be able to discuss the specifics of what to expect before, during and after freezing your eggs.
- How many eggs do I need to freeze? The answer to this question can vary from one fertility clinic to another. Other factors like age and overall health concerns can also determine your doctor’s recommendation.
- How is egg freezing different from fertility preservation? Medically speaking, the procedure for egg freezing and fertility preservation are the same. Motivation is what separates the two — “fertility preservation” is a term used in cases where a medical factor is present, such as a recent cancer diagnosis, early menopause or reproductive surgery such as a hysterectomy. In cases of egg freezing, social reasons are present, like wishing to delay family planning due to career goals, etc.
- How much will egg freezing cost? The cost of egg freezing will vary from one fertility clinic to another. For example, we offer a $4,000 egg freezing cycle that includes one year of storage. Egg freezing is not typically covered by insurance, so patients will be responsible for both the cost of the procedure as well as the annual storage cost until they choose to use the frozen eggs in either IUI or IVF treatment. We’re happy to discuss financial options with patients in order to ease concerns about upfront and long-term payments.
Schedule a consultation with Chelsea Fertility NYC to discuss egg freezing today.