Should You Freeze Your Eggs? 7 Facts to Consider

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Even if you have the funds to freeze your eggs, there is the additional cost of storing, thawing, fertilizing, and transferring them.

What Are Your Reasons?

There are as many different reasons for freezing eggs as there are people doing it, but it's important to truly evaluate the reasons for wanting to do it. The process is arduous and expensive and should not be entered into lightly. You don't want to get into the middle of a cycle and decide this isn't for you.

Can You Afford To Start?

Preserving your fertility is no cheap endeavor. The estimated cost runs somewhere between $8,000-15,000 per cycle. Keep in mind, one cycle may not be enough to get you pregnant, either, so costs may go up from that figure. “For one cycle, you are looking at a general minimum of $10,000, give or take, plus the medications and monitoring,” explained Dr. Odem.

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Some insurance companies may help pay for the treatment, but it's important to speak to your insurance provider to figure out the out-of-pocket costs to you.

Can You Afford to Finish?

Even if you have the funds to freeze your eggs, there is the additional cost of storing, thawing, fertilizing, and transferring them. Eggs are stored long term at a “cryobank,” and arrangements must be made at least two months in advance to fertilize them using ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).

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ICSI injects a single sperm into an egg and has a 75% success rate. One or two resulting embryos can then be transferred under ultrasound guidance, and any remaining eggs can be frozen for later.

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