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Thinking About Freezing Your Eggs? Five Questions to Ask Yourself
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Thinking About Freezing Your Eggs? Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Egg freezing is a big decision to make. You're investing your time and money into an insurance account for your future family. Many women wonder if egg freezing is right for them- and if so, when is the right time. 

 

 

1. How important is it for you to have kids?

 

For some people, being a parent is their most important goal. Other people might be interested in having a child or two, but they have other aspirations in mind. People also place different levels of importance on having a child that is genetically related to them. There are many ways to become a parent- through traditional adoption, embryo adoption, egg donation, and foster care, to name a few. Some people care more about having a genetic link with their child than others. If having a child who is genetically related to you is very important, egg freezing can be an insurance policy for you to realize that dream.

 

 
2. When do you plan on having your first child?

 

Age plays a role in how likely you are to need assistive reproductive technology (ART). Studies show that around one in three women between the ages of 35 to 39 need help trying to conceive. By ages 40 to 44, around half of all women need assistance to get pregnant.

 

Maybe you're planning to have your first child after you hit a career milestone, or you're waiting to find the right partner. There are many reasons to postpone having children, so you need to decide when you expect to be ready to start. The later you anticipate starting your family, the more it makes sense to freeze your eggs. 

 

 
3. How many kids do you want to have?

 

The more children you plan on having, the older you will be when you try to conceive for your youngest child. If you envision yourself having a family with four children versus one child, you are more likely to need IVF in the future to conceive additional children as your family grows.

 

 
4. How likely is it that you will need IVF when you are trying to conceive?

 

There are other factors that might make it more likely that you will need IVF to create a family beyond age. Maybe you have a diagnosis of endometriosis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or you've gone through fertility compromising treatment for another medical condition such as cancer. You can also go through some testing with a Reproductive Endocrinologist or even an OB-GYN to assess your reproductive health. These tests can include your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels, your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels), and your Antral Follicle Count. While these tests are not a crystal ball to predict any challenges you might encounter when trying to conceive, they can give you more specific information as to whether egg freezing could be a good investment in your future family planning goals. 

 

 

 

5. Does egg freezing fit in your budget?

 

Egg freezing costs around $8,000-$15,000 per cycle, depending on your clinic and the medications you need. Maybe this isn't a major expense for you- but for most people, it's a serious investment. 

 

There's a lot of ways to make egg freezing more affordable for your budget. Different clinics have different price points- so don't be afraid to shop around during your initial consultations. Your insurance may cover part (or even all) of your treatment. You may also qualify for discounts on medications from the manufacturer. For instance, if you are paying out of pocket for your egg freezing medications, Ferring will provide a discount on your Menopur. There are companies such as PatientFi that provide financing for your treatment with interest rates starting at 0%. 

 

Once you've investigated your options for paying for egg freezing, you then have to weigh your priorities in your budget. If having a child is one of your top ambitions in life, it might make sense to wait on your other financial goals. 

 

 

 

The decision to freeze your eggs lets you be the architect of your future. We know that every person has different needs and circumstances, so use these five questions as a starting point when navigating what your next step looks like. Talk to a Reproductive Endocrinologist about your options for treatment, and give our team at the pharmacy a call if you'd like to talk through the logistics of making egg freezing work for you,

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