Would you recommend egg freezing in my particular situation?
Women freeze their eggs for any number of personal and medical reasons. Maybe you're not having physical issues with your reproductive system, but you're getting older and worried about your future egg viability. A fertility expert has seen many of these reasons before in past clients, but your doctor can combine that knowledge of the past with your personal situation to suggest whether egg freezing may or may not be your best option. Your doctor can possibly recommend alternatives that are better suited to your health and life situation, letting you avoid egg freezing altogether.
What kind of costs are involved?
Egg freezing can be expensive. Preliminary/diagnostic testing is often covered by insurance, but not necessarily the procedure itself. Fifteen of the United States (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia) have passed laws that require health insurance to cover some level of infertility treatment. Unfortunately, that typically does NOT include freezing eggs, so most women will be paying out of pocket. Costs can include the appointments leading up to the procedure, medications and anesthesia, the service cost of the procedure itself, and often recurring fees from the storage facility. Your doctor can help you get a good overview of potential costs from your fertility clinic and storage center, so there are less financial surprises.
What would my personal plan look like?
If you and your doctor believe that you're a good egg freezing candidate, the next step is coming up with a personalized plan based on several factors. Your doctor will consider your ovarian reserve (the projected number and viability of your eggs), the number of cycles you may need, the number of eggs you'll want to freeze, and when you may want to use them to conceive. Then the timeline and cost of your egg freezing journey can take shape.
Although it's a relatively simple and proactive procedure, egg freezing is not for everyone. Be honest and open with your doctor so they can get the best picture of what would be right for you as their patient.