Is Egg Freezing Worth it?
Egg freezing to preserve fertility seems like a good idea on the surface. Sure, it would be great to know that a woman can wait to start a family, but at what cost? And is that cost worth it?
What is the financial cost of fertility preservation?
A one cycle egg freezing package usually costs about $6,400. That cost includes:
- Follicle count
- Instruction before and throughout the cycle
- Monitoring throughout the cycle
- Retrieval of the eggs under local anesthesia
- Using vitrification to freeze eggs
- Six months of storage
In addition to the costs of the procedure, the cost of fertility medication can range from $0 - $1,500. Typically, these costs are not covered by insurance. However, a growing number of employers are offering fertility preservation as a benefit.
How long does a cycle to freeze eggs take?
Before the cycle can begin, blood work will be done to evaluate your ovarian reserve and verify that you are a good candidate for fertility preservation. A fertility preservation cycle typically takes two to three weeks, but varies by individual.
Are there side effects of fertility preservation?
The procedure to remove and freeze eggs does not have any lasting side effects. There may be some discomfort after the procedure, but that is typically short in duration. Many egg freezing cycles use fertility medication in order to retrieve a large number of eggs. Side effects are common with fertility medication including nausea, bloating, headache, and irritability. There is also a chance of developing OHSS, ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, due to the fertility medication. The side effects from these medications cease once you stop taking the fertility drugs.
Is egg freezing worth it?
Yes. For a relatively short amount of time and a reasonable financial output, a woman gains the peace of mind of knowing that she can focus on other areas of her life without jeopardizing her ability to have a family. The benefit of eliminating that concern are immeasurable.
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