Egg freezing provides a way for women to preserve their fertility until they are ready to start a family. Although it is increasing in popularity, many women have questions about the process to freeze and store eggs. Once a woman fully understands how fertility preservation works, she is better equipped to know if fertility preservation is the right choice.
The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Egg Freezing
- The process is fast – On average, a fertility preservation cycle takes 2 to 3 weeks.
- Your fertility is not affected by the procedure – Harvesting eggs now in no way affects your current or future natural fertility. Even when multiple eggs are retrieved, there is typically an adequate egg reserve to make up for the difference.
- There is a high survival rate – Thanks to the technology of vitrification, a way to flash freeze eggs, the survival rate for the freezing and thawing process is 98%. This high success rate helps to build confidence that eggs will be available once you’re ready for them.
- The procedure is affordable – New Hope Fertility Center, a leading fertility care provider in NYC has a cost of $6,400 per cycle for egg retrieval. This cost is substantially less than the cost of undergoing fertility treatments.
- Eggs may be stored for an extended period of time – Vitrification protects eggs through the use of a cryoprotectant. Because of this, eggs can remain at their storage temperature for an extended period of times without ill effect.
- Fertility medication is a vital part of the process – During fertility preservation cycles, fertility medication is administered to promote the maturation of multiple eggs for future use.
- Using an expert is important – All providers are not the same. Be sure to choose a qualified fertility center for your preservation cycle.
- There is no age cut off – Although fertility begins to decline after age 35, there is no cut off for egg freezing. If a woman is ovulating she may be eligible for the procedure.
- Businesses are increasingly covering costs – Recently several organizations announced they will be offering egg freezing as a benefit for female employees.
- It’s not just for medical issues – Women are turning to fertility preservation for a number of social reasons.
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