Questions About Egg Freezing
Fertility preservation via egg freezing is a great way for a woman to have biological children on her own schedule. While the practice of fertility preservation is growing in popularity, many women are unfamiliar with the process and don’t know what to expect. The best place to begin is with a conversation with your physician or fertility specialist. It can be difficult to broach the subject, particularly if you don’t know where to begin. By asking your doctor these questions about egg freezing, you should be able to make informed decisions about preserving your fertility.
Ask your doctor about their experience with egg freezing. Are they familiar with the procedure and is it something they perform? If so, how often are egg freezing cycles performed in their office? How long have they been offering the service and the number of successful uses of frozen eggs are also good indicators of a centers' experience with egg freezing.
When discussing egg freezing, the survival rate refers to the percent of eggs that survive the egg freezing and thawing process. This is not the same as the pregnancy success rate and is not an indication of the chance of becoming pregnant. Doctors who have high survival rates are likely using techniques and technology that are more likely to provide you with a positive outcome.
One of the most important questions about egg freezing to ask is how long eggs can be stored. The earlier you decide to freeze your eggs, the healthier, and better suited for fertilization, they will be. One thing to keep in mind is storage time. Ask your doctor how long eggs may be stored. This length of time may vary between physicians based upon their treatment methods and technology.
Be sure to ask about the full cost of egg freezing. These costs include monitoring throughout the cycle, medication costs and the cost of the retrieval procedure. Additional costs include storage fees. While financial issues should not be the only decision factor, it is important to consider the financial implications.
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