Egg freezing provides women a means to pause the biological clock, preserving egg quality for when she is ready to become a parent.
Egg freezing is an option if you'd like a family in the future but aren't ready for one at this time. The process enables you to preserve your young and healthy eggs until you are ready to begin growing your family.
The egg freezing process can sound intimidating and there are a lot of unknowns if you're not familiar with the topic. In this guide, we'll go over what egg freezing is, the overall process, and the financial investment.
What Is Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation is when the eggs are harvested from a patient's ovaries and stored for use at a later time.
At the age of 25, a patient has a high number of normal eggs and a high likelihood of conceiving. When a patient reaches 45, the number of ovarian eggs decreases and they have a lower chance of being genetically normal. It is also more difficult for a patient of that age to get pregnant.
Speaking with a specialist as soon as you start to think about freezing your eggs is important, especially if you're younger. The younger you are, the better quality of eggs you will have.
A woman's peak reproductive time is between ages 16-28. You can still retrieve acceptable eggs from ages 29-37, but the quality of the eggs will go down from ages 37-44.
Why Would I Want to Freeze My Eggs?
There are other reasons you may want to freeze your eggs, other than not being ready to have a family:
A patient has a health condition that interferes with their fertility, such as an autoimmune disease or sickle cell anemia
A patient has cancer that requires chemotherapy
The patient may be going through in vitro fertilization
Age: You’re over 30, and you haven’t met the right partner
Social reasons : You’re not ready now, but you want a biological child someday
When you freeze your eggs, you can use the sperm from your partner or a donor in order to conceive a child. Once you have a fertilized egg, it can be implanted in your uterus or in a gestational carrier.
CHANCE OF SUCCESSFUL NATURAL PREGNANCY EACH MONTH
FERTILITY STATISTICS BY AGE: MONTHLY CHANCE OF NATURAL PREGNANCY
As a woman ages, her chance of natural pregnancy drops from around 25% at age 25 to less than 5% at age 40.
The truth about natural fertility and age: while women under 30 have about 25% chance of getting pregnant naturally each cycle, that chance drops to 20% for women over 30, according to estimates by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. By 40, the chance of getting pregnant naturally each month is just 5%.
Age and Fertility
women are born with all the eggs that they will ever possess. Moreover, this number steadily declines as a woman ages: from one million eggs at birth to 300,000 by puberty, 25,000 by the age of 37 and 1,000 by the age of 51.
Female fertility isn’t just about the quantity of eggs. Quality matters too, and is much more technically challenging to assess than egg numbers. While egg counts decline as women age, so does the quality of the chromosomes and the DNA contained within each egg.
Low ovarian reserve is also defined by abnormal levels of hormones namely, anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These hormones play a role in the development of ovarian follicles. Ovarian follicles release eggs for fertilisation. Their quality and quantity also decline with age
Egg Freezing Process
While you may have heard of it, you may wonder how the egg freezing process works. In your initial visits, you should expect the doctor to ask you about your medical history, especially fertility, inquire after your menstrual cycle, and conduct blood tests to check your hormone levels.
The egg retrieval and freezing process include the following stages:
You will have a meeting with one of our doctors, we discuss your medical history, and review the science, the process, and personalized expectations of egg freezing.
You receive fertility medications over the course of two weeks that stimulate your ovaries, causing them to produce several eggs, instead of the typical one that you have during a normal menstrual cycle. These hormones are injected daily. You will also visit the clinic routinely for monitoring to check and see when the eggs are ready for retrieval.
After that, you will come into the clinic and receive mild anesthesia so you are asleep and pain-free. The eggs are then retrieved by the reproductive endocrinologist. They will insert a needle through the wall of your vagina into an ovary and suction the eggs gently out. They will use an ultrasound to help guide them through the process. We typically retrieve around 20 eggs to freeze.
FREEZING AND STORAGE
We freeze the best quality eggs in an embryology lab in a process called vitrification. It freezes the eggs quickly to prevent any crystals of ice from forming on the eggs, resulting in damage.
In addition to the hormone injections, you might also take birth control pills for a month or more before you begin the treatment.
Birth controls help the hormone injections work more effectively.
Your doctor will require blood tests done regularly to see how the hormone treatments are doing and if your ovaries are ready for egg retrieval. You may also have an additional ultrasound to see how the eggs are developing.
At Morgan Fertility, we treat patients of all financial backgrounds.
Includes Blood work, Sonogram and Baseline Blood work
Book your consultation through our online self-scheduling form. Reduce the time you spend in waiting rooms and enjoy a one-on-one call conveniently at a time that works best for you.
Includes all monitoring visits, the retrieval procedure (with anesthesia) and vitrification. It also includes storage for the first year, after that its $1,000 per year
Paid to pharmacy, may be covered by insurance.
$1,500 - $4,500
Egg Freezing Payment Plans
You can pay for your treatment over the course of six months or up to two years. There are no finance or interest fees, but there is an admin fee that has to be paid on top of the treatment cost.
Our in-house financing has a 100% approval rating and we don't check your credit. This is a great option for those with poor to moderate credit.
Your monthly payment never changes, so you know what you're paying each month. The cost of egg freezing treatments at our facility is a third of the national average, so you know you're getting the best rate possible.
6 Month Financing :
Includes 25% down + one time fee $500
12 Month Financing :
Includes 25% down + one time fee $1,000
18 Month Financing :
Includes 25% down + one time fee $1,500
24 Month Financing :
Includes 25% down + one time fee $2,000
Accepted Insurance Plans
Our financial team works directly with representatives at your insurance company so you don't have to deal with it yourself. We will ask you for your policy information and contact them ourselves. Our office will let you know before you come in for your first appointment how much you should expect the treatment to cost.