Should You Consider Egg Freezing?
A medical process more and more women have been considering recently is egg freezing. Egg freezing, also known as human oocytes cryopreservation, is the process of extracting and freezing the eggs of a woman for possible later fertilization. It used to be experimental, until 2012 when the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) deemed it an official medical practice. We know this procedure has a purpose, and here’s why a lot of women have chosen to try this out.
Why do Women choose to Freeze Their Eggs?
There are women out there who are either unsure whether or not they want to have kids in the future or don’t want to worry about rushing into a marriage and conceiving “before it’s too late.” Without this concern, women can feel free to pursue their careers and enjoy life before settling down when they are ready. In addition, to those personal reasons here are some more clinically-based reasons:
- prior to undergoing a procedure, such as chemotherapy, that will negatively affect your fertility
- women with a family history of early menopause
- ovaries that may be damaged or must be removed due to an ovarian disease or genetic mutation
Who should Consider Freezing Their Eggs
The age range of egg freezing is 20-40 years. It is highly recommended to start at a younger age because there is a higher chance of getting more, healthy eggs. Women who should ponder freezing their eggs may not be able to get pregnant by conceiving with their spouse or are making the choice to focus on their lives and career. If you fall into either of those categories do some research before you prepare to go through this process.
I recommend you first do some research on the subject of egg chilling before calling for an appointment. Secondly, you must also understand it is a process that can take dozens of trips to the clinic, which is why you should first find a clinic where you are comfortable. There most likely will be days where you experience abdominal pain because of certain steps. Some of these steps include taking injections and egg retrievals.
One major thought you must consider is that, after all of this, it doesn’t guarantee your eggs will produce a child later. Many have criticized this process because of the low chances it works. It used to be 4-12%, though the advancement of technology and improvement of the procedure over the years may have allowed this percentage to increase. Plan for when this may happen. Make sure you have a support group of friends and family to be there just in case this occurs.
Will insurance cover the cost?
Another major piece of information to consider are the costs. The costs can range somewhere between $16,000 and $20,000. This can be discouraging in future fertility for women who aren’t celebrities or just rich. Luckily, there is insurance that many clinics can provide you with. It can depend on the clinic, but they can cover most of the costs. You may end up only paying $5000.
The risks that are involved
As previously mentioned, fertility can fail. So don’t make this your only plan. I recommend you read this article on egg freezing that includes the process, outcomes, and the risks one of them being Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This can lead to minor side effects, such as nausea and headaches, or major side effects, including blood clots and dehydration. Even though it is considered to be rare OHSS is something you should be aware of.
I hope this post helps you make a decision if you are thinking about egg freezing. I know I am thinking about all my possibilities to conceive as I get closer to 40. Please share your thoughts below if you are considering or have gone through this process. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.