Fertility preservation through the use of egg freezing is a great way to stop a woman’s biological clock from ticking. A woman’s decision to start a family is often based on several factors including her health, relationship status, career and financial stability to name a few. It is increasingly common for women to want to achieve these things and more before starting a family.
A woman’s eggs are healthiest, and best suited for pregnancy before age 35. After 35, the quality of the eggs decreases substantially. While many women are still capable of having healthy pregnancies after this age, the decreased egg quality can make conceiving more difficult. Egg freezing addresses this issue. By harvesting eggs when they are at their healthiest, a woman can follow her dreams without worrying that she is sacrificing the ability to have children when she is ready.
When is the best time to freeze eggs?
Egg freezing should be done as early as possible. While egg quality does decrease after age 35, this is not the cut off for egg freezing. If a woman is still ovulating, she is a candidate for egg freezing to preserve fertility.
How much does egg freezing cost?
At New Hope Fertility Center, a leader in the fields of fertility medication and fertility preservation, the cost for an egg freezing cycle is $6,400. This cost includes:
- An Antral follicle count
- Education by a medical professional
- The process of egg retrieval during an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic
- Freezing of the eggs using vitrification, a state of the art freezing method with a 98% success rate
- Review of the cycle by a fertility specialist
- Monitoring throughout the cycle using blood work and ultrasound
- Six months of egg storage
In addition to the cost of the cycle, the following additional expenses may be necessary:
- Fertility medication which can be between $0 and $1,500 depending on the woman’s medical needs
- Additional annual storage of $1,200 after the initial six months included in the cost of the preservation cycle.
What is vitrification?
Vitrification is a method of freezing eggs that virtually eliminates the chance that the egg will be damaged by ice crystals. With traditional methods of freezing eggs, the temperature of the eggs are gradually reduced to their storage temperature. Unfortunately, this method of freezing results in ice crystals which can harm the eggs. The survival rate of eggs frozen and thawed via traditional methods is 55 percent.
Vitrification substantially increases the likelihood of survival. The vitrification process removes water from the eggs and adds a cryoprotectant. Then, the eggs are flash frozen reducing the temperature in an instant. The survival rate of eggs frozen and thawed via vitrification is 98 percent.
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