Apple, Facebook and the U.S. military now offer egg freezing benefits. Is Egg Freezing becoming one of the primary financial decisions a young professional makes and if so, how can they determine they are making the right choices with such an important topic? What factors should they consider when making this decision and how should they approach this “investment” in their future?
Why is freezing eggs a good option for some women?
For decades, there has been a rise in the number of women having children in their 30s and 40s. Some driven by their careers or education, and taking a back-seat approach to motherhood, others simply have not met the right partner, and in unforeseen cases, women battling cancer or medical issues choose to freeze their eggs. Whatever the life circumstance might be for conceiving late in life, now more than ever, the advances in egg freezing can offer women all over the world a chance to slow their reproductive time clock, and take control of their reproductive choices.
Egg freezing presents women with the possibility of having a baby at a later time. Yes, that’s right! A possibility! Egg freezing is an opportunity to control a woman’s reproductive potential. With success rates rising, in 10 years egg freezing will be as common as the birth control pill and with decades of technological improvements, there has been a fast rise in live births from frozen eggs.
How can women evaluate doctors and clinics to find the right one?
It’s important to research clinics before selecting the one that’s right for you. The first place to start would be to research their success rates by going to www.sart.org. Additionally, women should attend any free seminars by Reproductive endocrinologist in the area. This is a great way to gain knowledge of the treatment associated with egg freezing, to meet the doctor, and to possibly tour the clinic to see if their facility and care is right for you.
What is a good age for freezing eggs, and how long are they "good?"
Between the ages of 16 and 28, a woman’s egg quality is at its prime. At age 29, the quality begins to decline. A women’s age is an important factor when she chooses to freeze her eggs, as it can affect her outcome of having a successful pregnancy. This is why, fertility doctors all over the world stress that the time is now to take control of your reproduction.
What are the costs involved with egg freezing? 5-10K depending on the amount of Medication needed. There is also a yearly charge to keep the eggs frozen that varies by clinic.