Considering Egg Freezing? 5 Facts to Keep in Mind

People considering freezing their eggs often share with us that getting started can feel daunting or overwhelming. Understandably so!  From where to freeze, to when, to how many, the decision to freeze your eggs is a significant one – and it often comes with its fair share of questions and uncertainty. Our goal is to provide you with straightforward facts to guide you through this process with confidence and clarity.

  1. Age Matters: Egg quality declines with age. Research consistently shows that freezing your eggs before age 35 yields the highest success rates. Women are born with a finite number of eggs, and the quality and quantity of eggs decrease as they age. Generally, younger women have healthier and more viable eggs, making egg freezing more successful for those in their 20s and early 30s.
  1. Success Rates: It’s important to understand that egg freezing is not a guaranteed path to future parenthood. The largest U.S. report of elective fertility preservation outcomes to date found that 70 percent of women who froze eggs when they were younger than 38 – and thawed at least 20 eggs at a later date – had a baby. However, it’s not a guarantee, and individual outcomes may vary.
  1. The Process: Egg freezing involves a multi-step process, beginning with hormone injections to stimulate egg production. This is followed by a minor surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs. It’s important to be aware that the medications used during this process can cause side effects such as bloating, mood swings, and cramping. Discussing these potential risks and managing expectations with your doctor is crucial.
  1. The Cost: Financial considerations are a significant aspect of egg freezing. The process typically involves three components: consultations and the retrieval procedure, medications, and storage fees. If and when you return to use your eggs, you will need additional treatments down the road. We advise women to explore different clinics with good IVF success rates and insurance coverage options to understand the full financial picture. 
  1. Emotional Considerations: The decision to freeze eggs or embryos is not just a medical one; it also has emotional and psychological implications. Many women find the process of egg retrieval emotionally challenging, given it involves hormone injections and a minor surgical procedure.. You may experience feelings of hope, anxiety, and uncertainty throughout the journey. Seeking emotional support from a therapist, counselor, or support group can be beneficial as you navigate this decision and process.

Ultimately, the decision to freeze your eggs is a personal one and should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a medical professional. Whether you’re looking to delay childbearing for personal or medical reasons, egg freezing can be a valuable option for people looking to preserve their fertility and secure their future.

If you are considering freezing your eggs, have questions about how to choose the best clinic for you, or just want to talk through the process and timeline, feel free to book a complimentary 20 minute call with us! We’ve helped a number of clients navigate the process, choose their clinic, and manage the practical and emotional considerations of this process.

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