Fighting your biological clock? You may be a candidate for egg freezing
While it is easier for a woman to get pregnant before the age of 30, many women want to wait to have children for a variety of reasons. In the past, waiting to start a family could be a problem, because the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs decrease with age. However, now women have the option to freeze their eggs for use in the future.
There are many reasons why women may consider egg freezing
Women consider egg freezing for many reasons. For example, a woman might want to focus on establishing her career or finding the right partner. At New York Fertility Services, Dr Joel Batzofin understands that each patient has a unique set of circumstances for considering egg freezing. That’s why he is here to help you determine if you are a candidate for egg freezing.
Who is a candidate for egg freezing?
Women who are candidates for egg freezing share 2 characteristics.
- They cannot or do not want to start a family right away, but they do want to preserve their ability to have children later.
- They are usually in their 20s to early 30s. In general, fertility specialists do not recommend egg freezing for women over the age of 38. Keep in mind that younger eggs are more likely to result in a successful pregnancy later.
These 2 characteristics are general guidelines to help determine who is an appropriate candidate for egg freezing. However, before beginning an egg freezing cycle, Dr Batzofin will perform blood work and an ultrasound to determine if the procedure is right for you.
An additional consideration is cost
Cost is another consideration that can help determine whether you are a candidate for egg freezing. Most insurance plans do not cover egg freezing. If your insurance does not cover egg freezing, you will have to pay for the procedure out of pocket. The cost of egg freezing can be divided into 3 categories.
- The cost of consultation, medication for ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval.
- The cost of egg storage, which is usually paid in a yearly fee.
- The cost of egg transfer when you want to try to get pregnant.
While egg freezing is a great option to preserve your fertility, it does not guarantee a future pregnancy
With all fertility treatments, there are no guarantees that you will get pregnant. As a result, while egg freezing can and has helped women preserve their fertility, it is important to know that egg freezing does not provide a 100% guarantee of pregnancy. However, egg freezing is an effective tool that can allow you to take control of your biological clock.
If you are interested in learning more about egg freezing and whether you are a candidate for this procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Batzofin or contact New York Fertility Services for more information.